The following statement regarding the Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act can be attributed to GAP Legal Director Tom Devine:

“This holiday season, a Republican senator gave taxpayers a secret Scrooge. After unanimous House approval today, and unanimous Senate approval last month of a stronger bill, this evening an anonymous Republican senator killed the reform through a secret hold. The senator who sabotaged this bill should come out of the closet. Good government groups want to give him the 2010 Friend of Fraud, Waste and Abuse Award.

“There will be a relentless search to find the politician who is a cowardly enemy of taxpayers.”

GAP added that the group will not interrupt its efforts for passage of a reform that has earned unanimous support of every politician except the one who secretly opposes it.

Tom Devine is Legal Director of the Government Accountability Project, the nation’s leading whistleblower protection and advocacy organization.