H.R. 657: Follow the Rules Act

This was a vote to pass H.R. 657 in the House. This vote was taken under a House procedure called “suspension of the rules” which is typically used to pass non-controversial bills. Votes under suspension require a 2/3rds majority. A failed vote under suspension can be taken again.

H.R. 657 extends whistleblower protections for federal employees who refuse to violate rules and regulations. The Whistleblower Protection Act (WPA) generally provides protections for federal employees who make disclosures evidencing illegal or improper government activities. In order to trigger the protections of the WPA, a case must contain the following elements: a “personnel action” that was taken because of a “protected disclosure” made by a “covered employee.”

Recently, a Federal court ruled that the WPA safeguards federal workers against employment retaliation for refusing orders to violate Federal law, but those same safeguards do not apply to employees who refuse to violate rules and regulations. An example can include the following: Consider sanctions against North Korea which Congress directed the President to promulgate in the form of Federal rules and regulations. Under current law, Federal employees who are told by their supervisor(s) to violate North Korean sanctions have no whistleblower protections.

Source: Republican Policy Committee



Congress
115th Congress
Date
May 1, 2017
Chamber
House
Number
#239
Question:
On Motion to Suspend the Rules and Pass, as Amended in the House
Result:
Passed

Key: R Yea D Yea
Seat position based on our ideology score.
This is a cartogram. Each hexagon represents one congressional district.
Totals     Republican     Democrat
  Yea 407
 
 
95%
223 184
  Nay 0
 
 
0%
0 0
Not Voting 23
 
 
5%
14 9
Required: 2/3 source: house.gov

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