Last week we asked you to contact your Representatives urging them to vote yes on an amendment to the House stimulus bill--introduced by Reps. Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) and Todd Platts (R-PA)--that will expand whistleblower protections to scores of federal employees. Thanks to your quick work, the amendment passed the House by voice vote!
Now we have to convince the Senate to do its part. The amendment, which is identical to the House's version of last year's Whistleblower Protection Act, is a landmark piece of legislation that will extend protections to countless federal whistleblowers who are currently unable to expose waste, fraud, and abuse without fear of retaliation.
It is especially important to pass whistleblower protections as part of the stimulus package. Whatever your position on the stimulus may be, we all have an interest in protecting the federal employees who will be working on the front lines to ensure that our taxpayer dollars are being spent responsibly. For those who are interested, POGO and other groups have issued a press statement in response to a recent Washington Post editorial that opposed adding a whistleblower protection amendment to the stimulus bill.
The Senate is planning to vote on their version of the stimulus bill TODAY, so we need to act quickly. Please take a moment to contact your Senators and tell them to vote YES on the amendment to extend whistleblower protections to federal employees.
Click here to look up your Senators' telephone and email contact information, or click here to send a letter to your Senators from Public Citizen's website. And don't forget to spread the word to your friends and family!
-- Michael Smallberg