Saturday, February 6, 2010

My Senator Al

Senator Franken (D-MN) confronts Comcast CEO Brian Roberts for telling him one thing ("lying" perhaps?) while his lawyers were simultaneously using the opposite position. A Comcast-NBC merger doesn't sound like a good thing to me.

If you missed it, back in October 2009, Al argued for a woman's right to seek justice, outside of arbitration, in her case against KBR - a subsidiary of Halliburton - for her treatment, sexual harassment, and rape while she was working for them in Iraq. Al's amendment would halt government payment to defense contractors who use arbitration to prevent their employees from seeking justice in court in cases such as these.

In committee he took on the KBR lawyer.

There was talk that Sen. Inouye (?!?!?!) might strip the amendment from the bill, but Al's amendment was passed - with 30 Rebubbakids against. It was summarized most nicely by none other than John Stewart - of course.

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Al's amendment made it (or language very similar to the amendment made it) into Obama's 2011 defense budget proposal, but the proposal still has to be passed.

Go Al.


Litcube said...

He's obviously a very well spoken and intelligent individual. I wish our parliamentary system was this classy.

Mr. Pony said...

Hey, remember when he strapped a heavy satellite dish to his head and reported on remote events for Weekend Update?