Washington, D.C. – House Republican Conference Chair Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) released the following statement after the House passed the Dr. Chris Kirkpatrick Whistleblower Protection Act of 2017 (S. 585). The bill provides additional protections to federal employees who are retaliated against for disclosing waste, fraud, or abuse in the federal government. The legislation also directs the Department of Veterans Affairs to address agency-specific gaps in its protection of VA employees.
“Whistleblowers shouldn’t be punished for doing the right thing,” said Chair McMorris Rodgers. “Our federal agencies should be held to the highest of standards, especially in the case of the VA, where life or death decisions are being made. I’m glad to see this bill pass the People’s House and look forward to seeing it become law.”
NOTE: The legislation is named after Dr. Chris Kirkpatrick, a psychologist at the VA Medical Center in Tomah, Wisconsin, who was fired after he questioned the overmedication of veterans being treated at the facility. On the day of his termination, Dr. Kirkpatrick committed suicide.