A long-time advocate of whistleblowers, Senator Chuck Grassley of Iowa is once again taking steps to increase whistleblower protections.
On the 25th anniversary of the Whistleblower Protection Act, Senator Chuck Grassley is announcing his plans to create a Senate Whistleblower Protection Caucus.
Grassley said he’s creating the caucus to build a coalition of like-minded Senators who can help bring attention to the need for ongoing whistleblower protections. Over the next six months, Grassley will be discussing the caucus with colleagues and encouraging them to join with an eye on an official start in the new Congress.
“Whistleblower protections are only worth anything if they’re enforced. Just because we’ve passed good laws does not mean we can stop paying attention to the issue. There must be vigilant oversight by Congress. The best protection for a whistleblower is a culture of understanding and respecting the right to blow the whistle,” Grassley said. “I hope this whistleblower caucus will send the message that Congress expects that kind of culture.”
Grassley added, “Whistleblowers are often treated like skunks at a picnic. It takes guts to put your career on the line to expose waste and fraud, and whistleblowers need senators who will listen and advocate for them.”