On Oct. 6, the Senate passed an amendment that would guarantee rape victims employed by defense contractors a chance to take their case to court. The 30 Republicans who voted against it have been vilified. (See, for example, RepublicansForRape.org.) But the Department of Defense -- and, by extension, the White House -- also opposed the amendment. Why?
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Some background: The amendment, introduced by Sen. Al Franken (D-MN), would prohibit the Pentagon from using contractors whose employment contracts force employees to arbitrate disputes rather than take them to court. The amendment applies to certain employee allegations, including rape, sexual assault and discrimination.
The Department of Defense sent a letter to the Senate urging lawmakers to vote no on the amendment, according to the Huffington Post.