On Monday, Republican Florida man Rep. Matt Gaetz was one of 113 Republicans willing to join the Democrats in the House in support of HR 4445. The Ending Forced Arbitration of Sexual Assault and Sexual Harassment Act of 2021 seeks to end the big business practice that forces employees to arbitrate disputes involving claims of sexual assault and harassment in the workplace. It is an obvious good thing, and the fact that Matt Gaetz is willing to support it means less than the fact that there were 97 Republicans willing to vote against it.* Sort of like voting against people being allowed to breathe air.
Rep. Gaetz even made a speech on the House floor in support of the bill before the vote, and said all of the things one would hope someone supporting a bill that looks to hold workplaces accountable for sexual assault and sexual harassment would say. Of course, it was strange to hear Republican Rep. Matt Gaetz of Florida giving such full-throated support to safe workspaces, especially after recent revelations about what it is like to be a woman working around Republican Rep. Matt Gaetz of Florida.
*Some of those who voted against the bill include the MAGA all-star clown car of Marjorie Taylor Greene, Paul Gosar, Lauren Boebert, Madison Cawthorn, Jim Jordan, and Chip Roy, among others.