A Congressional proposal that would have prevented businesses with a documented record of wage theft from getting government contracts was defeated in a party line vote last week.
The amendment, proposed for the commerce, justice and science appropriations bill, failed by a vote of 196-211. Every Democrat who cast a vote supported it. Only 10 Republicans crossed the aisle to join them.
In a joint statement, Reps. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) and Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.), chairmen of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, said House Republicans voted “to continue wage theft.”
Think about that. All but ten Republicans voted to keep sending federal dollars to companies that have broken the law. Not just companies that have been accused, or are suspected…companies whose lawbreaking has been documented and confirmed.
I bet most of them are “law and order” politicians, too.
There is absolutely no excuse for this vote. Violating the law should disqualify companies from getting lucrative government contracts.
I know I ask this all the time, but really–What the hell is wrong with these people?