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H.R. 657 (115th): Follow the Rules Act

About the bill

Imagine you’re a federal worker and your boss asks you to violate a federal law that’s been passed by Congress. If you refuse to do so — instead pledging fidelity to the law — you’re protected from employment retaliation thanks to the Whistleblower Protection Act of 1989. It’s your superior who’s considered in the wrong for making the illegal request in the first place, not you for disobeying your boss.

But what if you disobey an order to violate a regulation instituted by the executive branch instead, rather than a law passed by Congress? The difference may seem minor, but the consequences are major: you’re not protected at all.

The Follow the Rules Act, labelled H.R. 657 in the House, was introduced by Rep. Sean Duffy (R-WI7) to …

Sponsor and status

Sean Duffy

Sponsor. Representative for Wisconsin's 7th congressional district. Republican.

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Last Updated: May 27, 2017
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Jan 24, 2017
115th Congress (2017–2019)

Enacted — Signed by the President on Jun 14, 2017

This bill was enacted after being signed by the President on June 14, 2017.

Pub.L. 115-40

11 Cosponsors (6 Democrats, 5 Republicans)



Jan 24, 2017

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Jan 31, 2017
Considered by House Committee on Oversight and Reform

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Feb 2, 2017
Ordered Reported

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Mar 29, 2017
Reported by House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform

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May 1, 2017
Passed House (Senate next)

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May 25, 2017
Passed Senate

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 Unanimous Consent so no record of individual votes was made.

Jun 14, 2017
Enacted — Signed by the President

The President signed the bill and it became law.

H.R. 657 (115th) was a bill in the United States Congress.

A bill must be passed by both the House and Senate in identical form and then be signed by the President to become law.

Bills numbers restart every two years. That means there are other bills with the number H.R. 657. This is the one from the 115th Congress.

This bill was introduced in the 115th Congress, which met from Jan 3, 2017 to Jan 3, 2019. Legislation not passed by the end of a Congress is cleared from the books.

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