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In the debate, Senator Sessions maintained that Franken's amendment overreached into the private sector and suggested that it violated the due process clause of the Constitution.
To which, Senator Franken fired back quoting the Constitution. "Article 1 Section 8 of our Constitution gives Congress the right to spend money for the welfare of our citizens. Because of this, Chief Justice Rehnquist wrote, 'Congress may attach conditions on the receipt of federal funds and has repeatedly employed that power to further broad policy objectives,'" Franken said. "That is why Congress could pass laws cutting off highway funds to states that didn't raise their drinking age to 21. That's why this whole bill [the Defense Appropriations bill] is full of limitations on contractors -- what bonuses they can give and what kind of health care they can offer. The spending power is a broad power and my amendment is well within it."
God I love it when Senator Franken quotes the Constitution. Not every Republican was so clueless. Ten voted for the Franken amendment including the GOP's female contingent of Senators (Snowe, Collins, Hutchinson and Murkowski).
Republican Sen. George LeMieux of Florida echoed some of Murkowski's sentiments.
"I can't see in any circumstance that a woman who was a victim of sexual assault shouldn't have her right to go to court," LeMieux said. "So, that is why I voted for it."
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.
Originally posted by Violater1
The implication that blackphoenix presents is that ALL republicans voted YES.
The thread is factually in error.
The following Republicans it can be said are pro rape.
You've been wrangling partisan zealots too long ... you're starting to sound like the very people you relish putting in their place.
Originally posted by whatukno
reply to post by rnaa
I talked about this same topic the other day.
Hey, did you guys get the idea for this thread from the daily show too?
Sad when a satirical news broadcast tells the truth better than the MSM
Originally posted by Sundancer
I think it's wrong for any company to make you sign that you will never sue them or take them to court. If you don't sign, you don't get the job.
This is giving these big corporations even more power over the American people. Soon they will all start making all Americans sign these agreements. Before you know it, for example, our sons and daughters won't be allowed to sue companies such as McDonalds if their child was badly burned by another employee even if it's on purpose.
Congress isn't working for us it's working against us. They're taken our rights as individuals and now they'll take our rights as employee's. When they've run out all the small business's so only the corporations can afford to operate, you'll have no choice but to sign away your rights or you won't have work.
With this vote these people have opened another door to taking away your freedom. It was done on purpose and they should be removed from office, if it wasn't on purpose then they should be removed because they're to stupid to look out for the best interests of the people they're supposed to be protecting.
[edit on 18-10-2009 by Sundancer]