Jon Stewart slams Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions on Daily Show over rape amendment vote.
Comedy Central's Jon Stewart fired a broadside at Mobile Republican Sen. Jeff Sessions Wednesday on "The Daily Show" over Sessions' vote against a Defense spending bill amendment that would have barred the federal government from doing business with companies that ask employees to forgo their right to sue.
The amendment, which was put forward by Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., stems from a 2005 incident where Haliburton/KBR employee Jamie Leigh Jones was gang-raped at a Baghdad work site and then left in a railroad container car for more than a day. Jones had signed a contract waiving her right to sue in court but instead take any claims to an independent arbiter.
The Huffington Post Web site reported on the on-air pounding from Stewart over the vote.
Sessions, and Tuscaloosa Republican Sen. Richard Shelby, were among 30 Republicans who voted on Oct. 6 against the amendment. Sessions said during a floor speech that the government should not be in place to decide "such disputes."
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