Friday, October 23, 2009

Inouye May Remove Anti-Rape Amendment

This is the most infuriating thing I've seen in a long, long time:

An amendment that would prevent the government from working with contractors who denied victims of assault the right to bring their case to court is in danger of being watered down or stripped entirely from a larger defense appropriations bill.

Multiple sources have told the Huffington Post that Sen. Dan Inouye, a longtime Democrat from Hawaii, is considering removing or altering the provision, which was offered by Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) and passed by the Senate several weeks ago.

Inouye's office, sources say, has been lobbied by defense contractors adamant that the language of the Franken amendment would leave them overly exposed to lawsuits and at constant risk of having contracts dry up. (Emphasis mine)

Wow. Can't have that. God forbid that a victim of a brutal rape facilitated by corporate negligence would see that justice is served; that could really cut into the bottom line. It's outrageous enough that thirty GOP Senators voted against this common-sense amendment to begin with. But now one of the longest-serving Democrats in the Senate wants to remove it because he's afraid of a defense contractor getting called out for its own negligence? If Inouye succeeds in removing this amendment, he should be publicly read out of the party for betraying basic human decency.

Call Sen. Inouye's Washington office and tell him to stand on the side of justice: 202-224-3934.

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