Waterloo– U.S. Rep. Rod Blum R-1st District, continues to promote whistleblower defenses on numerous fronts.
He just recently flooring handled an expense, S. 585, to secure those who voice concerns about prohibited or dishonest practices in their federal companies, especially at the United States Department of Veterans Affairs.
Recently, Blum also signed up with Democratic U.S. Rep. Elijah Cummings of Maryland in making irreversible a program that utilizes an ombudsman in each firm to promote those thinking about becoming whistleblowers.
” As a small company person, I look at the federal government, the size of the federal government, and I seriously question if it can be handled,” Blum stated. “And among the methods to make sure we’re doing things the proper way is through workers stepping forward and letting us in the Oversight committee know, ‘Hey, there’s an issue here.'”.
Blum stated whistleblowers are on the “cutting edges” of knowing what’s occurring in their companies.
” So, we wish to make certain they know that they’re safeguarded, that their tasks are not going to be jeopardized, or their pay jeopardized because they’re doing the best thing and blowing the irs whistleblower.”.
Blum’s is a co-lead sponsor with Cummings on the Whistleblower Protection Extension Act presented recently. Blum stated he’s enthusiastic with bipartisan assistance, it can pass the United States House– and possibly the United States Senate– this year. U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, is a cosponsor of the buddy expense in the United States Senate.
Blum stated it’s crucial to make the law long-term.
” With the way it remains in Washington any longer, the environment in Washington, the hyperpartisan environment, it’s like in some cases things do not get reauthorized like they need to be, and this is a program that both sides of the aisle can settle on, so this would make it irreversible,” Blum stated.
The expense Blum flooring handled late recently is called the Dr. Kirkpatrick Whistleblower Protection Act of 2017. Chris Kirkpatrick, of Wisconsin, was a VA psychologist who dedicated suicide after being ended from his job for raising concerns about overmedication of VA clients. The costs also consist of securities for other federal staff members.
Co-sponsored in the United States Senate by Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, the costs wait for the president’s signature. It passed all in the United States House and by voice vote in the United States Senate.
” We look at this opioid epidemic and a few of these kinds of upsurges that are originating from prescription drugs, it’s a huge issue nowadays, so he blew the whistle on it, stated they’re being overprescribed, and he was fired,” Blum stated.
Blum is also continuing to press on his Thoroughly Investigating Retaliation Against Whistleblowers Act. The legislation passed the United States House in the opening days of the session but has yet to have a vote in the United States Senate.