GOP senators praise new whistleblower protection bill

GOP senators praise new whistleblower protection bill

Republican senators praised the passage of a law protecting federal whistleblowers today, calling it a “strong message” about the government’s intent to protect whistleblowers, according to a news release.

Sens. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., and Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, came out in support of the Dr. Chris Kirkpatrick Whistleblower Protection act. The bill was named for Kirkpatrick, who killed himself after publicly questioning prescription practices in the Department of Veteran Affairs.

“Chris Kirkpatrick did the right and honorable thing when he raised concerns about the over-prescription of opioids to veterans. Today we are sending a strong message that federal whistleblowers like Chris deserve protection, and attempts to intimidate or silence whistleblowers are unlawful,” Johnson said in the release.