Every politician, presumably, is opposed to rape. So it would seem likely that Sen. Al Franken’s first legislative amendment – which would prohibit government contractors from restricting workers from suing if they are sexually assaulted while on the job – would pass unanimously. The provision was inspired by the story of a 19-year-old KBR employee who was gang-raped by co-workers while detailed to Iraq. Upon returning to the U.S., she learned that she was unable to sue the company because of a clause in her contract.
“Seems like a bit of a slam dunk,” noted Jon Stewart, in a segment on The Daily Show last night. “How is anyone against this?”
But the provision merely passed the Senate by a 68-30 margin, along party lines. Stewart goes on to gleefully savage Sen. Jeff Sessions and other Republicans for opposing the measure. Here’s the clip:
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