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Sen. Al Franken's (D-Minn.) amendment to a defense appropriations bill pending in Congress restores women's rights to jury trials when employed by a company with a government contract. This amendment is in jeopardy, thanks to the lobbying of Appropriations Committee Chair Sen. Daniel Inouye (D -Hawaii) by deep-pocketed defense contractors.
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call the Appropriations Committee office to demand that Sen. Inouye keep the Franken Amendment in the defense appropriations bill.
Franken's efforts and Jones' testimony before the Senate paid off, and the bill passed 68-30. Jones commented with the following: "It means the world to me. It means that every tear shed to go public and repeat my story over and over again to make a difference for other women was worth it."
The Huffington Post reports: "Multiple sources" both inside the beltway and in defense-contracting circles reveal that Appropriations Committee Chair Sen. Daniel Inouye (D -Hawaii) may water down or remove the provision, due to pressure from defense-industry contractors who fear they will be susceptible to lawsuits.
"The defense contractors have been storming his office," said a source with knowledge of the situation. "Inouye either will get the amendment taken out altogether, or water it down significantly. If they water it down, they will take out the Title VII claims. This means that in discrimination cases, they will still force you into a secret forced arbitration on KBR's (or other contractors') own terms -- with your chances of prevailing practically zero. The House seems to be very supportive of the original Franken amendment and all in line, but their hands are tied since it originated in the Senate. And since Inouye runs the show on this bill, he can easily take it out to get Republicans and the defense contractors off his back, which looks increasingly likely."
Earlier this week, the Defense Department noted its concerns, stating, "Enforcement would be problematic, especially in cases where privity of contract does not exist between parties within the supply chain that supports a contract. It may be more effective to seek a statutory prohibition of all such arrangements in any business transaction entered into within the jurisdiction of the United States, if these arrangements are deemed to pose an unacceptable method of recourse."
Your MessagePlease call the office of the Defense Subcommittee of the Appropriations Committee NOW before it's too late. The staff member who is handling this issue is Nicole DiResta, and her direct line is 202-224-3506. Make sure to leave a message if you reach voice mail. If Ms. DiResta's voice mail fills up, the main number is 202-224-6688.
Please note: Sen. Inouye's name is pronounced "In-uh-way."
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