Yesterday, GAP and a broad coalition of more than 90 groups — including the National Taxpayers Union, Project on Government Oversight, American Federation of Government Employees, and Union of Concerned Scientists sent a strong letter of support urging passage of the Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act (S. 372) to members of the House of Representatives.
The House could vote as early as tomorrow on these critical reforms to strengthen federal whistleblower protections. Legislation passed the Senate by unanimous consent last Friday. The groups are urging the House to pass S. 372 without delay (although the bill does not contain every reform sought by the coalition, there is no time for additional tinkering).
One holdout group that had dropped out of the free speech campaign this year has returned to spearhead a disinformation attack aimed at killing the bill. However, the attack sparked a significant increase in nonprofit support for the consensus reform (going from 60 groups to 90) and a spontaneous protest by the nation’s leading whistleblowers, ranging from Frank Serpico and Ambassador Joseph Wilson to national security professionals, who said the critics do not speak for them.
These measures reaffirm support for the consensus compromise between the original versions of the House and Senate legislation. Supporters include Representatives Towns (D-NY), Issa (R-CA), and Van Hollen (D-MD), the original sponsor of the House bill. The White House has fought hard for the reform, and indicated President Obama will sign the bill.
Tom Devine is Legal Director of the Government Accountability Project, the nation’s leading whistleblower protection and advocacy organization.