WASHINGTON, D.C. | July 28, 2021 — Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) will deliver an address showing her support for whistleblowers at the National Whistleblower Day 2021 celebration on July 29th at 12:37 EDT.
Duckworth has demonstrated steadfast support for whistleblowers throughout her time as a legislator. As a veteran herself, she has been especially effective at increasing whistleblower protections at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). Duckworth has sponsored several bills advancing the rights of whistleblowers, including the VA Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act, which passed the Senate in 2017.
In 2018, Duckworth introduced the Department of Energy (DOE) and Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) Whistleblower Protection Act. The bill attempted to clarify a provision in the Energy Reorganization Act which put whistleblowers at risk of retaliation.
Duckworth has also supported Senate resolutions designating July 30th as National Whistleblower Day to honor the first whistleblower law passed in the U.S. on July 30th, 1778.
Duckworth joined the Senate Whistleblower Protection Caucus in 2019. The Caucus is a group of Senators who actively push to increase whistleblower protections and rights in the U.S. Senate. In her National Whistleblower Day address, she will speak about the current state of whistleblower protections in the U.S. and make comments about further steps to protect and encourage whistleblowers to step forward and report fraud.
Duckworth’s address will air on Wednesday, July 29th, at 12:37 EDT.
Members of the media are encouraged to RSVP for National Whistleblower Day 2021 for updates and a link to join the event.