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Republicans for Rape

Republicans for Rape

Yesterday, 30 Republican senators opposed an amendment to the Defense Appropriations bill that would prohibit federal defense contractors like Halliburton/KBR from getting money “if they restrict their employees from taking workplace sexual assault, battery and discrimination cases to court.”

In other words, 30 GOP senators want to deny rape victims their day in court.

Think Progress has the story of the woman who prompted this amendment:

In 2005, Jamie Leigh Jones was gang-raped by her co-workers while she was working for Halliburton/KBR in Baghdad. She was detained in a shipping container for at least 24 hours without food, water, or a bed, and “warned her that if she left Iraq for medical treatment, she’d be out of a job.” (Jones was not an isolated case.) Jones was prevented from bringing charges in court against KBR because her employment contract stipulated that sexual assault allegations would only be heard in private arbitration.

Senator Al Franken introduced the amendment to the appropriations bill last week to prevent such complete disregard for the rights of rape victims. Nine senators (Mary Landrieu, Benjamin Cardin, Amy Klobuchar, John Kerry, Jeff Merkley, Bill NElson, Dianne Feinstein, Sherrod Brown and Jeanne Shaheen) joined Franken in cosponsoring the bill — and it passed with 10 GOP senators supporting it after a passionate speech from Franken:

All four Republican women (Susan Collins, Kay Bailey Hutchison, Lisa Murkowski and Olympia Snowe) voted for the amendment, and they were joined by Bob Bennett, Orrin Hatch, Chuck Grassley, George LeMieux, Dick Lugar and George Voinovich. These GOP senators deserve our thanks for truly embracing bipartisanship to vote for a bill that is clearly a good idea.

Then there’s the 30 who voted against it:

Alexander (R-TN)
Barrasso (R-WY)
Bond (R-MO)
Brownback (R-KS)
Bunning (R-KY)
Burr (R-NC)
Chambliss (R-GA)
Coburn (R-OK)
Cochran (R-MS)
Corker (R-TN)
Cornyn (R-TX)
Crapo (R-ID)
DeMint (R-SC)
Ensign (R-NV)
Enzi (R-WY)
Graham (R-SC)
Gregg (R-NH)
Inhofe (R-OK)
Isakson (R-GA)
Johanns (R-NE)
Kyl (R-AZ)
McCain (R-AZ)
McConnell (R-KY)
Risch (R-ID)
Roberts (R-KS)
Sessions (R-AL)
Shelby (R-AL)
Thune (R-SD)
Vitter (R-LA)
Wicker (R-MS)

Of particular note in this bunch? Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell. Nominee for president John McCain. Senators intimately familiar with sex scandals David Vitter and John Ensign.

Really, guys? Opposing a bill intended to let rape victims get prosecution? That’s truly a new low for the Republican party.

You can call them out on it! If you’re a constituent of one of these members, we’ll deliver your letter of outrage to them — and if you’re not, it’ll go to Minority Leader McConnell, who speaks for all Senate Republicans. Send your letter today!

 

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8:05AM PDT on May 29, 2012

Oops - should read "Then CLEAN UP..."

8:03AM PDT on May 29, 2012

Al Franken "a ditz" ? Anyone who recognizes intelligence & has heard him speak for any length of time would not think so. He's a fabulous addition to Congress.

But if you've been listening to something like Faux News for ready-made opinions - well, there you are.

7:58AM PDT on May 29, 2012

The CLEAN UP your party so rape victims have the right to Justice, Ms. Scarlett.

Me, I'm getting tired of the very real war on women & the poor by these bought politicians.

7:49AM PDT on May 29, 2012

I am so tried of these kind of articles... This is what brings division between people..

8:45AM PDT on May 27, 2012

REGARDLESS OF YOUR GENDER... OR YOUR SKIN COLOR... OR YOU SPIRITUAL BELIEFS, VOTING [sic]] FOR A REPUB-LIE-CON IS LIKE VOTING FOR $OMEBODY TO CUT YOUR THROAT.

AND VOTING [sic] FOR A DEMOCRAT-RAT IS LIKE VOTING FOR $OMEBODY THAT WILL HELP THE REPUB-LIE-CONS CUT YOUR THROAT.

THE CAPITALIST/FASCIST $YSTEM IS SO CORRUPT AND BROKEN, IT CANNOT BE FIXED. IT CAN ONLY BE DESTROYED. IT IS DESTINED TO BE DESTROYED.

PLEASE DON'T PREACH PEACEFUL NON-VIOLENCE. THAT TACTIC, ALTHOUGH IDEAL, HAS LIMITS... AND HISTORY HAS REPEATEDLY SHOWN, IN EVERY CASE, THAT THE RULING CLASS NEVER GIVES UP POWER WITHOUT SOME FORM OF VIOLENCE FROM THE MASSES. REVOLUTIONS ARE MESSY; WE STAND AT THE PRECIPICE OF RADICAL CHANGES... AND SOME OF IT WILL BE EXTREMELY VIOLENT.

I DON'T NECESSARILY ADVOCATE VIOLENCE; I SIMPLE STATE A HARD HISTORICAL FACT. DENIAL IS NOT GOING TO CHANGE THE REALITY.

R.R.R.

9:49PM PDT on May 26, 2012

That is at least twice McCain has voted for Rape. Wonder what Mitt would do? Its for Business so he would screw the women.

10:21AM PST on Dec 27, 2011

Understand something about Republicans! Pro Life: What it really means! Republican conservative 'jesus freaks' s want to even make abortion illegal even if your raped and ever person running for the Republican conservative party has stated that already on TV so it's no secret, so if they become President, their first agenda is to make it the law! They want you to keep the child that you or your 12 year old daughter had by a rapist. Gee, he goes to jail and comes out a few years later and gets a lawyer to get him visitation rights and he shows up at your house and knocks on your door, says hello to your husband and says, I came to visit my child!. Excuse me! You people that want this are either sick or just plain morons or did you not think this thing through to the end result. I guess you are going to invite him in for a cup of coffee! Next, they will want you to marry your rapist!!

5:01AM PDT on Nov 6, 2010

Unbelievable- time to amp up my efforts to start that female only commune.

8:24PM PDT on Nov 4, 2010

brownback voted this way. no surprise there. he has been a rape apologist since day one

5:46AM PDT on May 10, 2010

I am certain that the entire Senate is pro rape. So is the White House. Under the Obama-Biden VAWA, "sealed felony rapes" don't count. The 4 billion dollars in VAWA grant money is used to "train" courts, police, the DOJ to "seal rape cases". the DOJ is telling me they "lack jurisdiction" to put a rapist in prison, ONLY BECAUSE he rapes women for a "private employer".

I am sure it is a federal crime to sexually abuse ANY CITIZEN of the US, in the workplace, I am sure the workplace IS federal jurisdiction. I am also sure that the Federal Govt has a vested interest in processing workplace rape cases throught the US Attorneys offices, the EEOC and the Federal Courts.

Corporations pay to keep their rapists in business and out of prison.

No woman should have to leave her job for being raped by the boss. When the boss likes to rape women, he should go to prison. That is the way it used to work, before the Senate started subsidizing rapists with the VAWA, "sealed felony rapes don't count policy and the DOJ policy of not arresting or prosecuting workplace rapists.

I am sure they will let corporations rape as many women as the corporations will pay the federal government for in "fines", and "adjudiction" of rape cases through the US Attorneys offices.

Felony rape is a crime, even if you rape the "contract labor" in the workplace.

In five years of working the same rapist case, no one will enforce the law.

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