The Franken amendment to the Defense Appropriations bill:
AMENDMENT NO. 2588
(Purpose: To prohibit the use of funds for any Federal contract with Halliburton Company, KBR, Inc., any of their subsidiaries or affiliates, or any other contracting party if such contractor or a subcontractor at any tier under such contract requires that employees or independent contractors sign mandatory arbitration clauses regarding certain claims)
On page 245, between lines 8 and 9, insert the following:
Sec. 8104. (a) None of the funds appropriated or otherwise made available by this Act may be used for any existing or new Federal contract if the contractor or a subcontractor at any tier requires that an employee or independent contractor, as a condition of employment, sign a contract that mandates that the employee or independent contractor performing work under the contract or subcontract resolve through arbitration any claim under title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 or any tort related to or arising out of sexual assault or harassment, including assault and battery, intentional infliction of emotional distress, false imprisonment, or negligent hiring, supervision, or retention.
(b) The prohibition in subsection (a) does not apply with respect to employment contracts that may not be enforced in a court of the United States.
30 Republican Senators voted against this. Now they’re complaining because their vote against this is being used against them in their districts. Worse, they’re blaming Senator Franken for the problem, saying it’s his fault because he is the one who submitted the amendment.
“Your honor, my client should be granted leniency for this double murder because he is now an orphan.” I keep forgetting; that piece of humor is based on truth. However, I didn’t think the Menendez brothers were typical Republicans.