S. 508 (100th): Whistleblower Protection Act of 1988


Feb 5, 1987
100th Congress, 1987–1988


Pocket Vetoed on Oct 26, 1988

This bill was pocket vetoed on October 26, 1988.


Carl Levin

Senator from Michigan


About the bill

Full Title

A bill to amend title 5, United States Code, to strengthen the protections available to Federal employees against prohibited personnel practices, and for other purposes.

Summary (CRS)

(Measure passed House, amended, roll call #397 (418-0)) Whistleblower Protection Act of 1988 - Separates the Office of Special Counsel from the Merit Systems Protection Board. Empowers the Special Counsel ... Read more >

The bill’s title was written by its sponsor.


Feb 5, 1987

This is the first step in the legislative process.

May 19, 1988
Reported by Committee

A committee has issued a report to the full chamber recommending that the bill be considered further. Only about 1 in 4 bills are reported out of committee.

Aug 2, 1988
Passed Senate

The bill was passed in a vote in the Senate. It goes to the House next. The vote was by Voice Vote so no record of individual votes was made.

Oct 4, 1988
Passed House with Changes

The House passed the bill with changes not in the Senate version and sent it back to the Senate to approve the changes.

Oct 7, 1988
Senate Agreed to Changes

The bill was passed by both chambers in identical form. It goes to the President next who may sign or veto the bill. The vote was by Voice Vote so no record of individual votes was made.

Oct 26, 1988
Pocket Vetoed

The President pocked-vetoed the bill, which means the bill is dead and Congress does not have an opportunity to override the veto.

This is a Senate bill in the United States Congress (indicated by the “S.” in “S. 508”). A bill must be passed by both the House and Senate in identical form and then be signed by the President to become law.


22 cosponsors (17D, 5R) (show)
Committee Assignments

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There have been no roll call votes related to this bill.

Related Bills

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S. 2014 (99th) was a previous version of this bill.

Referred to Committee
Last Action: Jan 22, 1986

S. 20 (101st) was a re-introduction of this bill in a later Congress.

Enacted — Signed by the President
Apr 10, 1989

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