We have received confirmation from two sources that a Senator has placed an anonymous hold on S. 372, the Senate’s flawed version of the Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act (WPEA). This hold effectively kills the bill as the Senate adjourned tonight until the next Senate is seated. Earlier this evening, the House passed a modified version of S. 372. The House’s modification was to remove the provisions for employees of intelligence agencies.
Hopefully, there will be unity for strong whistleblower reforms that the entire whistleblower rights community can support in next Congress. It won’t be easy after the recent conflict, but unity is required for true reform.