Thursday, July 30, seven US Senators, advocacy groups and individuals assembled in a private luncheon to applaud the unanimous Senate resolution declaring July 30th as National Whistleblower Appreciation Day – a day to honor whistleblowers and provide impetus for stronger whistleblower legal protections.
The declaration falls on the 237th anniversary of the first whistleblower law, enacted with zero dissent by the Continental Congress on July 30, 1778. The original Continental Congress document proclaimed, “That it is the duty of all persons in the service of the United States, as well as all other inhabitants thereof, to give the earliest information to Congress or any other proper authority of any misconduct, frauds or misdemeanors committed by any officers or persons in the service of these states, which may come to their knowledge.”
Senate Whistleblower Protection Caucus Members’ Victory
The gathering of approximately 200 people included Chairman and Vice Chairman of the bipartisan Senate Whistleblower Protection Caucus, Charles Grassley (R-IA) and Ron Wyden (D-OR), Caucus members Senators Ron Johnson (R-WI), Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), Thom Tillis (R-NC), and Mark Kirk (R-IL), members of the U.S. Department of Justice, state Attorneys General, whistleblowers, and renowned whistleblower attorneys....