Whistleblower Rights Amendment to Receive Vote During Stimulus Debate Today
A Joint Statement by National Whistleblowers Center, GAP,
the American Federation of Government Employees, Common
Cause, NELA, POGO, Public Citizen, Union of Concerned Scientists
Your Help Is Urgently Needed For The Final Push!!!
Washington, D.C. January 28, 2009. Today, our seven organizations strongly urge all members of the House of Representatives to pass a bipartisan amendment that would bring genuine accountability and oversight to the stimulus spending bill, H.R. 1. We applaud Representatives Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) and Todd R. Platts (R-PA) for offering an amendment to expand and strengthen protections for federal workers charged with safeguarding the public trust and taxpayer dollars.
Just minutes ago the House of Representatives approved the Platts-Van Hollen amendment to the stimulus package granting whistleblower protection to federal employees. Thanks to your action, House members recognized the critical role whistleblowers play in oversight and accountability and the House has approved excellent whistleblower provisions contained in the former H.R. 985.
Federal employee whistleblower protections are part of the entire Stimulus Package (H.R. 1), but our work is not done. Now the battleground shifts to the Senate.