[govinfo] GovInfo News -- 3-2-2007

  • From: "Patrice McDermott" <pmcdermott@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
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  • Date: Tue, 20 Mar 2007 12:01:04 -0400

Patrice McDermott, Director
202.332.OPEN (6736)

Whistleblower legislation faces veto threat
By Jonathan Marino
March 16, 2007

The Democratically-led Congress may be headed for a showdown with the White 
House over whistleblower protection legislation that easily passed in the House 
earlier this week. The Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act (H.R. 985) is 
directed at guarding federal employees at security and scientific agencies, as 
well as contractors. House members passed it by a vote of 331-94.  The 
legislation would effectively negate a Supreme Court ruling finding government 
whistleblowers are not entitled to First Amendment protections when they report 
concerns up their workplace chain of command. The White House has threatened a 
veto, and in a strongly worded statement Tuesday, argued the bill's passage 
would "compromise national security," and that the measure is unconstitutional. 

White House statement
Court ruling (Garcetti v. Ceballos)

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