The Senate voted 54-44 last week to steal $670,000 from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and hand it over to the Department of Education to fund English language training. The destructive amendment to the chamber's must-pass budget resolution would severely constrain the EEOC's ability to fight discrimination based on national origin, and was the brainchild of Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN), who has waged a rabid war against the EEOC's efforts to protect minorities.
Last year the Senator shoved a similar amendment into the Commerce, Justice, and Science appropriations bill that would have barred the EEOC from taking action against discriminatory employers . The amendment was ultimately yanked from the conference report, and once again, House conferees will need to serve as agents of reason and justice. Who supported the amendment and how is the media characterizing the vote? Join us after the jump to find out.