|House Amends Stimulus Package To Include Major Federal Whistleblower Protections|
"House Scores Touchdown For Whistleblowers"
Washington, D.C., January 27, 2009. Today the U.S. House of Representatives passed an amendment to the stimulus bill to include whistleblower protection for federal employees. This amendment will strengthen efforts to detect and deter waste, fraud, and abuse.
Representatives Todd R. Platts (R-PA) and Chris Van Hollen (D-MD)
proposed the amendment to include the Whistleblower Protection
Enhancement Act (H.R. 985) from last session's Congress in the American
Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (H.R. 1).
On the floor of the House Speaker Pelosi personally endorsed this amendment quoting from the hundreds of organizations which have pushed for these reforms. The Speaker said, "With the adoption of the bipartisan Platts/Van Hollen Amenment... we have set a new standard of accountability and transparency by empowering federal employees to call attention to waste, fraud and abuse of tax dollars without fear of retaliation." The Platts/Van Hollen amendment was passed with broad bi-partisan support by voice vote. Representative Todd R. Platts introduced the amendment stating that it was necessary "to ensure effective oversight and accountability."