Why thank you.
And, you see?
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.
(Library of Congress)
I mean, it's true. How could anybody oppose this? I mean, we need not go all the way to "rape is okay" rhetoric, even though that's the essential message of these "pro-business" votes. People might be offended at the thought that they might be pro-rape if they think a prerequisite for working at any given company that requires an employee to forfeit proper justice in the event of being raped is just the sort of liability protection a responsible company ought to consider.
So go ahead and make the inevitable point—Jon Stewart rocks. We know. But in the meantime, let us take a moment to honor the following thirty great men (and they're all men) who took a stand for business:
Alexander (R-TN), Barrasso (R-WY), Bond (R-MO), Brownback (R-KS), Bunning (R-KY), Burr (R-NC), Chambliss (R-GA), Coburn (R-OK), Cochran (R-MS), Corker (R-TN), Cornyn (R-TX), Crapo (R-ID), DeMint (R-SC), Ensign (R-NV), Enzi (R-WY), Graham (R-SC), Gregg (R-NH), Inhofe (R-OK), Isakson (R-GA), Johanns (R-NE), Kyl (R-AZ), McCain (R-AZ), McConnell (R-KY), Risch (R-ID), Roberts (R-KS), Sessions (R-AL), Shelby (R-AL), Thune (R-SD), Vitter (R-LA), Wicker (R-MS)
These aren't insignificant junior players. Of course, there aren't many insignificant junior players among Senate Republicans; there are only three freshmen among the lot of them—Johanns and Risch among the nays. But we can also look on the bright side, and say hey to those ten Republicans who haven't completely lost their minds:
Bennett (R-UT), Collins (R-ME), Grassley (R-IA), Hatch (R-UT), Hutchison (R-TX), LeMieux (R-FL), Lugar (R-IN), Murkowski (R-AK), Snowe (R-ME), Voinovich (R-OH)
One amusing thing about this vote is that it completely screws around with those who think the GOP is simply stalling and trying to play safe for the 2010 midterm elections. I mean, this sort of opposition makes no sense that I can figure. Am I overestimating voters in their constituencies to think that they would maybe, just maybe, look at their daughters or nieces or sisters or whomever and think, "Now, wait a minute ...."
If the Democrats play this one well, they could make this vote come back and hurt some Republicans next year. Republicans facing re-election campaigns in 2010, with nay votes bold:
Shelby (AL), Murkowski (AK), McCain (AZ), LeMieux (FL-retiring), Isakson (GA), Crapo (ID), Grassley (IA), Brownback (KS-retiring), Bunning (KY-retiring), Vitter (LA), Bond (MO-retiring), Gregg (NH-retiring), Burr (NC), Voinovich (OH-retiring), Coburn (OK), DeMint (SC), Thune (SD), Bennett (UT)
I mean, come on ... someone has to have some fun with Vitter on this one. And McCain? Pro-business? Let us see, then, if the Democrats can figure out what they have.
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