Norton Presses Amendment to Protect Federal Whistleblowers at Oversight Committee Markup
WASHINGTON, D.C.—Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) today at a House Oversight and Government Reform Committee (OGR) markup spoke in strong support for an amendment, introduced by OGR Ranking Member Elijah Cummings (D-MD), to protect whistleblowers in the federal government. The amendment, introduced to a bill seeking to roll back federal regulations (H.R. 998, Searching for and Cutting Regulations that are Unnecessarily Burdensome Act), exempted any rule or set of rules relating to protections for whistleblowers or penalties for retaliation against whistleblowers. The amendment failed on a party-line vote.
“Federal workers, now more than ever, are terrified that the tone and actions of the Trump administration, including a federal hiring freeze, put their jobs in jeopardy,” Norton said. “These fears make assurances that blowing the whistle will not open them to retaliation even more important. Our oversight committee seldom passes bipartisan legislation, but protecting whistleblowers has been one bright area of agreement. Whistleblowers are vital to protecting the public by exposing problems in federal agencies. Especially today when federal employees have reason to be anxious, I will continue to work to protect the federal workers who fulfill their civic duty by blowing the whistle to protect their fellow Americans.”