The Five Senators Who Refuse To Say If They Anonymously Killed The Whistleblower Bill

from the who-will-blow-the-whistle dept

While the bill had some significant shortcomings, we were still somewhat surprised to find out that a US Senator used an anonymous hold to block a bill designed to protect whistleblowers. At the time, we wondered if there would be a whistleblower who would reveal who blocked the bill. However, the folks at WNYC's On the Media set up a neat campaign to contact all 100 Senators and get them to say whether or not they put the hold on the bill. For weeks, many Senators refused to respond, but now the project has reached the point where 95 Senators have said they did not put the block on the bill, leaving just five Senators who have refused to answer. They are:
  • David Vitter
  • Jeff Sessions
  • James Risch
  • Mitch McConnell
  • Jon Kyl
On the Media is still asking for help contacting those five senators to see if they'll finally explain whether or not they put a hold on the bill. The whole process of an "anonymous hold" in the Senate seems to go against basic principles of transparency in democracy. Anonymity is an important part of free speech for the citizenry, but it does not apply to a single Senator blocking legislation. If they are going to do that in the name of the people they represent, they should be expected to step forward and admit it.

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    Anonymous Coward, 20 Feb 2011 @ 6:17am

    Re: Come on American Citizens letís fix our Government!

    It sounds wonderful, but you sort of end up shooting yourself in the foot on some of these.

    First off, if you are changing people every couple of years, what you are doing is making it easier for companies to buy people out. It often takes years to discover wrong doing, but it only takes moments for these guys to vote a law in that helps their friends.

    We also see what term limits do to Presidents, making the last 2 years of their term into a lame duck, pardon-a-thon as they use their last remaining shreds of power to pay off the people who got them to the top of the pile.

    Term limits would replace career politicians with the drive by shooters of politics.

    Pay and benefits wise, elected officials need to receive compensation that makes the job attractive, not repulsive. Low pay is not the way to attract good people. Your CPI or 3% (which ever is less) is a wonderful way to make that pay less and less relevant all the time. In the low inflation years, they get CPI, in the high inflation years, they get less than the cost of inflation. Over a people or 20 years, they are likely to fall far behind the overall CPI, making the pay even less attractive for the next generation.

    Your intentions are good, but the net results would be a corporate feeding frenzy and a series of hack politicians only in it for short term personal gain.

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