On July 7, 2016, the U.S. Senate unanimously adopted a whistleblower protection resolution recognizing the valuable contribution Whistleblowers have made to our society and economy and designating July 30, 2016 as National Whistleblower Appreciation Day. The resolution was introduced by Senator Chuck Grassley and cosponsored by Senator Ron Wyden and the other members of the bipartisan Senate Whistleblower Protection Caucus, namely, Senators Mark Kirk of Illinois, Claire McCaskill of Missouri, Ron Johnson of Wisconsin, Tom Carper of Delaware, Deb Fischer of Nebraska, Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin, Thom Tillis of North Carolina, Ed Markey of Massachusetts, Barbara Boxer of California, Joni Ernst of Iowa, Gary Peters of Michigan and John Boozman of Arkansas.
The Senate’s Resolution (click here) reviews the early history of the government’s strong support for whistleblowers. It notes the first reported whistleblower matter in 1778 and highlights whistleblower protection legislation enacted by the Founding Fathers.
Anyone who has ever faced the dilemma of speaking out against “waste, fraud and abuse” or keeping silent and chose to say something can take heart knowing that the country appreciates their having done so and is showing its appreciation by designating July 30, 2016 National Whistleblower Appreciation Day.