Senator: ‘Missourians expect me to keep working with President Trump’
President Donald Trump signed into law a bipartisan bill that expands whistleblower protections to federal employees who refuse to break federal rules or regulations even when they’re directed to by a supervisor. U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.), the top-ranking Democrat on the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, joined Committee Chairman Ron Johnson of Wisconsin and Republican Senator Chuck Grassley of Iowa to introduce the bill in the Senate earlier this year.
“Missourians expect me to keep working with President Trump and my Republican colleagues to get things done whenever possible and that’s what I’ll continue to do,” McCaskill said. “This law will help hold the government accountable to Missourians and the American people by making sure no federal worker gets in trouble for doing the right thing.”
The law expands the Whistleblower Protection Act to apply to a federal employee facing reprisal for refusing to obey an order that would violate a rule or regulation. Currently, only workers who are retaliated against for refusing to break laws passed by Congress—as opposed to rules or regulations—have whistleblower protections.
This is the second McCaskill-backed bill that President Trump has signed into law.
Since her days as Missouri’s State Auditor, McCaskill has focused her efforts on protecting whistleblowers and weeding out waste, fraud, and abuse. She successfully expanded whistleblower protections to government contractors, subcontractors, and others who the federal government directly or indirectly hires through bipartisan bills that have been signed into law. She also partnered with Senators Johnson and Grassley to pass a bill further empowering inspectors general to conduct oversight targeting waste, fraud, and abuse. In her position as ranking member of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, she has made clear her continued support for protecting federal whistleblowers. She also joined Republican Senators Deb Fischer of Nebraska and Dean Heller of Nevada to introduce a bill to prohibit bonuses to federal employees who have engaged in serious misconduct and joined Senators Grassley and Ron Wyden of Oregon to introduce a bill giving whistleblower protections to Congressional staff.