So what do you get when 30 Republican senators are in the same room? Legislation drafted and passed to protect the American people, the consumer? Changes to our educational system? Environment protection? Hell no!
What you get is 30 Republican senators voting against protection for women. Yep, you have heard it.
On October 6, 2009, Senator Al Franken (D-MI) introduced an amendment to the Defense Appropriations Bill preserving the right of rape victims to sue their employer in court.
As noted by The Political Animal, the subject amendment was inspired by Jamie Leigh Jones, an employee of a defense contractor Kellogg, Brown & Root. Jamie claims she was gang-raped by co-workers while assigned to Iraq.
The amendment passed the Senate 68-30. All 30 who voted against it are Republican senators more concerned about the safety and security of the business sector than women’s rights.
Do Republicans support the rape of women? No. But their actions support status quo in which, as Nathan Havey says, rape and sexual violence flourish and live on.
So, my female friends. If you are an employee of a company with a US government contract and are raped (God forbid) while on the job, please refrain from contacting a Republican senator. He does not and will not care.
For your enjoyment or anger or frustration, here is the list (click here) of all those individuals who voted against the protection and safety of women.
By the way, all these senators are white, male and from the South (except for Ensign– yeah that one– of Nevada). Kid you not!