Yesterday, the U.S. Senate passed a resolution naming July 30th, 2019 as “National Whistleblower Appreciation Day” for the sixth consecutive year. The resolution calls on every federal agency to celebrate the service and sacrifices whistleblowers make to serve the public interest better. Similar resolutions have passed each year since 2013, spearheaded by longtime advocate and champion of whistleblowers, Senator Charles Grassley (R-Iowa).
Grassley, who serves as the chairman of the Senate Whistleblower Protection Caucus, had more plans for whistleblowers on Wednesday.
Yesterday, Senator Grassley and Senator Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), who serves as vice chairman of the Caucus, announced the addition of three new senators to the Caucus’ ranks.
The three senators joining the Caucus are Sens. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.), Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.) and Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.).
Each member of the bipartisan Whistleblower Protection Caucus, which is now fourteen Senators strong, cosponsored yesterday’s resolution.
The Senate Whistleblower Protection Caucus was formed in 2015 to advocate for legislation protecting whistleblowers and to train federal offices to accommodate their whistleblowers better and avoid retaliation cases.
Grassley said the following about whistleblowers in his statement:
“Whistleblowers bring accountability to government. They root out waste, fraud and abuse. Their brave and patriotic work saves taxpayers billions of dollars each year and shines a light on wrongdoing, but it’s too often penalized by embarrassed superiors. More than two centuries ago our nation’s founders recognized that we needed truth-tellers in government. That is no less true today. Our resolution reaffirms this idea and celebrates whistleblowers for their contributions to transparent and accountable government.”
Learn more about National Whistleblower Day