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Huffington Post: Franken amendment on defense contractors may be restricted or axed

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Sam Stein at The Huffington Post is reporting that Sen. Al Franken’s amendment to prevent the government from working with defense contractors that restrict the ability of their employees to bring assault and discrimination cases to court may be watered down or stripped from the Department of Defense Appropriations bill.

The story, using multiple unnamed sources, claims that the chairman of the Appropriations Committee, Sen. Dan Inouye of Hawaii, has been lobbied hard by defense contractors since the amendment passed the Senate with an overwhelming majority of votes.

While the White House supports the intention of Franken’s amendment, it opposed the specific approach because the Department of Defense said that enforcement could be problematic.

Franken’s office had no comment.

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  1. Submitted by Bernice Vetsch on 10/23/2009 - 02:26 pm.

    Why would “enforcement be problematic?” Senator Franken’s bill is a great start toward making companies and/or take full responsibility for crimes committed while working for the government.
    This is not exactly an amendment that should provoke any controversy for one minute.

    See also Betty McCollum’s “ACORN Act,” which would bar any company — not just one chosen by the right wing for destruction — from receiving any government contracts or contract renewals if they have been convicted of a felony, including, I believe, of defrauding the US taxpayer.

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