Do We Need A Whistleblower To Tell The World Which Senator Killed Whistleblower Protection Law?

from the or-are-they-too-scared dept

Last month, we mentioned that the Senate had given its approval to a new law protecting whistleblowers in the federal government. There were some problems with the bill, which led some to fight against it, but much of the bill was useful. With the whole Wikileaks stuff going on, there had been some concern that such a law might lead to similar leaks, but most of Congress recognized that protecting whistleblowers is important. Except for one anonymous Senator. Even though the bill had already passed the Senate. After the House took a bunch of stuff out of the bill, it went back to the Senate again, where an anonymous Senator put a hold on the bill, effectively killing it. It does seem kind of silly that a Senator can do this anonymously. Of course, we can hope that, in the long run, this will work out for the best. Perhaps sometime in the future Congress can pass a better bill that is actually much more protective of whistleblowers.

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    Anonymous Coward, 3 Jan 2011 @ 5:46pm

    Re: Re: But sometimes it is used for good

    One is worse than the other, but both are bad. No single senator ore representative should ever have power to completely stop legislation.

    The reason we have 100 senators and multiple hundred representatives is so that everyone's voice is heard equally and the majority opinion prevails. Allowing one person to stop legislation is literally giving that person power greater than the presidential veto (at least the president can be overruled).

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