By Paul Schmitt
A bill authored by U.S. Senator Ron Johnson was signed into law by President Donald Trump recently with the hopes to protect whistleblowers, like the situation at the V.A. Hospital in Tomah. The legislation strengthens penalties for those who retaliate against whistleblowers and seeks to improve whistleblower protections at the VA and across the federal government. Senator Johnson explains why the new law is called the Dr. Chris Kirkpatrick Whistleblower Protection Act.
Johnson says the new law sends a strong message that federal whistleblowers like Kirkpatrick deserve protection and attempts to intimidate or silence whistleblowers are unlawful. The Senate Homeland Security & Government Affairs Committee, headed up by Johnson investigated the Tomah facility.