GOP Playing Politics While Women Raped

You may have heard recently about an amendment introduced in the senate by Senator Al Franken(D-MN) that would keep the government from signing contracts with corporations that restrict employees from taking rape and sexual assault cases to court.

You might wonder why Mr. Franken felt the amendment to be necessary to begin with. Jamie Leigh Jones is the reason this amendment is necessary and just. You see Jamie Jones is a 19-year old woman working for KBR in Iraq. She was brutally raped by coworkers, evidence was destroyed by her employer, and she was locked in a shipping container to keep her from making a complaint. That is until a guard took pity and let her use a cell phone to call the embassy.

No rapes were ever heard of at KBR because they use mandatory arbitration for rapes and assault, which include a non-disclosure agreements. Rapists are never brought to justice at this federal contractor because the corporation actively covers up rape, “protects their employees and the work environment,” and makes evidence disappear to keep a good image.

So, you’d think that Franken’s amendment would be unanimously supported by the Senate correct? I mean who wouldn’t vote in support of a bill that provides that any government contractor who uses mandatory arbitration for rape and sexual assaults will not receive any more federal funding. In other words, any contractor who covers up rape and sexual assault by using a behind-the-doors non-disclosure agreement with the victim will not receive any more of your tax dollars. I mean this is after all an amendment that seems to be pertinent, just and plain common sense, right?

Ha, you would expect, but not so fast. To compound the horrible crime, and the outrageous policies of this defense contractor (and others), this bill did NOT have unanimous support. It passed 68 to THIRTY!!

That’s right 68 to 30. Might we guess which ‘party’ the 30 Nay votes belong to? If you guessed the 30 Nay votes came from Republicans, you’ve won the prize for the day.

That’s right folks 30 Republicans voted AGAINST an anti-rape amendment for federal military & civilian contractors.

Who are the thirty Republicans who used their vote, representing their constituents to vote against Jamie Leigh Jones and other women like her?

Jamie Leigh Jones

Jamie Leigh Jones

Lamar Alexander (R-TN)John Barrasso (R-WY)
Kit Bond (R-MO)
Sam Brownback (R-KS)
Jim Bunning (R-KY)
Richard Burr (R-NC)
Saxby Chambliss (R-GA)
Tom Coburn (R-OK)
Thad Cochran (R-MS)
John Cornyn (R-TX)
Bob Corker (R-TN)
Mike Crapo (R-ID)
Jim DeMint (R-SC)
John Ensign (R-NV)
Mike Enzi (R-WY)
Lindsey Graham (R-SC)
Judd Gregg (R-NH)
Jim Inhofe (R-OK)
Johnny Isakson (R-GA)
Mike Johanns (R-NE)
Jon Kyl (R-AZ)
John McCain (R-AZ)
Mitch McConnell (R-KY)
James Risch (R-ID)
Pat Roberts (R-KS)
Jeff Sessions (R-AL)
Richard Shelby (R-AL)
John Thune (R-SD)
David Vitter (R-LA)
Roger Wicker (R-MS)

Any one of those names jump out at ya?

A satirical website called “Republicans for Rape” is encouraging people to call the thirty Republicans who voted against Franken’s amendment, and tell them what they think about that. There is also a petition you can sign to voice your agreement that the Republican Party is a “pro-rape organization.” The site is pretty hard-hitting and well done.

Once you’re at the site just hover over the republican in question and you’ll have their contact information.


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