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Roll Call Embarrasses Congress into Considering Whistleblower Protections for Its Staff

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"'I would say that is news to me,' said Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., when told that legislative workers were not protected. 'I think they should be. And certainly we've [set up] a website, whistleblower@ronjohnson.senate.gov, and I hope they would take advantage of that.'"

Along with those Senators named here, Mark Kirk, Deb Fischer, Thom Tillis, Tammy Baldwin, and Ed Markey are members of the Caucus, which was formed earlier this year.

While I can imagine those not as committed to whistleblower issues as, say, Chuck Grassley, might be hesitant about making it easier for their employees to report on any mismanagement, this seems like legislation that a little more concerted pressure might be able to bring about.

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Investigative journalist Marcy Wheeler writes the "Right to Know" column for ExposeFacts. She is best known for providing in-depth analysis of legal documents related to "war on terrorism" programs and civil liberties. Wheeler blogs at emptywheel.net and publishes at outlets including the Guardian, Salon and theProgressive. She is the author of more...)
 
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