Franken "anti-rape" amendment could be cut after defense contractor pressure


Sen. Al Franken's amendment denying government contractors to strip assault victims of their right to go to court might be hitting a giant brick wall, according to sources speaking to the Huffington Post.

Sen. Dan Inouye, a Hawaii Democrat, might remove or change the amendment that passed the Senate a couple weeks ago.

Why would he do that? The defense contractors are really pissed.

More from the HuffPo:

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. The Senate is considering taking out a provision known as the Title VII claim, which (if removed) would allow victims of assault or rape to bring suit against the individual perpetrator but not the contractor who employed him or her.

"The defense contractors have been storming his office," said a source with knowledge of the situation.

"The contractors are putting on a full-court press on this amendment... they are all doing it," said a Democratic aide on the Hill.

And as Jezebel points out: The vulnerability of actual rape victims: apparently not a concern.