Rand Paul Blocks Senate Resolution For Whistleblowers Protection: Report
Republicans Sen. Rand Paul (Kentucky) slammed Senate Democrats on Wednesday, accusing them of “fake outrage” as he blocked a resolution reaffirming the Senate’s support for whistleblower protections.
According to The Hill, “Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Sen. Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii) had asked for unanimous consent to pass the resolution, which ‘acknowledges the contributions of whistleblowers,’ and throws the chamber’s support behind protecting whistleblowers from retaliation.”
“The threats we have seen over the last few days are so egregious they demand bipartisan outrage from one end of this chamber to the other, whether you’re a Democrat, Republican, independent, liberal, moderate or conservative,” Schumer said on the Senate floor, The Hill reports. “What’s happening here is another erosion of the values of this republic for political expediency.”
Paul argued that Democrats should drop their resolution and instead pass whistleblower legislation that he introduced earlier that day.
“I support whistleblowers and I do think they have a role to play in keeping government accountable … but what we have seen over the last few years is that we have a system that we should continue to refine,” Paul said.
He said that his legislation would “make clear” that President Trump should be able to face his accuser. The measure also would expand current whistleblower protections for contractors.
Hirono objected to dropping the Democratic resolution and passing Paul’s bill.
“My colleague’s bill was just dropped on my lap literally just now. I certainly haven’t had a chance to read through the bill,” Hirono said.
She added that she was “flabbergasted” by a provision in Paul’s legislation that would apply the Sixth Amendment to impeachment proceedings.
“Come forward but we’re going to out you, subject you threats, intimidation, retaliation,” Hirono said, summarizing the impact of the provision.
The heated exchange on the Senate floor comes after Paul called on the media to disclose the whistleblower’s name.