That seems a rather harsh way to describe the 30 Republican senators who voted with Jeff Sessions (R-AL) against Al Franken’s proposal to deny defense contractors to outfits (such as KBR) that use binding-arbitration clauses to prevent being sued when some of their employees rape other employees. And of course we’re all really fair-minded here at the RBC, with not a partisan bone in our collective body.
So let me just throw this out as a challenge: can anyone name a good argument for voting against the Franken provision? Here’s a statement of the facts in the gang-rape case that KBR was able to duck responsibility for. And here’s a story with some quotes from Sessions.
The good news is that none of the Republican women voted with Sessions. The bad news is that three-quarters of the Republicans in the Senate did.
And someone in the White House needs to have a serious talk with the Secretary of Defense to remind him that there was an election last fall. I can understand the bureaucratic politics that led DoD to oppose the bill – after all, the people who gave all those contracts to Dick Cheney’s old company are mostly still in place – but this one needed some adult supervision, and Gates failed to provide it.