“Poison Pill” in Senate Bill a “Tragic Setback for Taxpayers”
Washington, D.C. December 13, 2010. Today, the National Whistleblowers Center released a letter sent to the House and Senate sponsors of the Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act, calling for the elimination of a poison pill inserted into the Senate version of the bill (S. 372). S. 372 cleared the Senate on Friday by unanimous consent and could be voted on by the House this week.
“Although we have other concerns with S. 372, the Congressional reversal of the Drake decision will constitute a tragic setback for taxpayers. It will have significant adverse consequences on the ability of employees to report violations of law and political corruption. We understand that those in high-ranking political offices are reluctant to support whistleblowers, but stripping employees of their current right to blow the whistle on any violation of law is simply intolerable.”