S. 585 - Dr. Chris Kirkpatrick Whistleblower Protection Act of 2017

Bill Text

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    Dr. Chris Kirkpatrick Whistleblower Protection Act of 2017 (as engrossed in Senate) 
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    S. Rept. 115-44 PDF

    Report from the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs

Rule Information

REPORTED BY RECORD VOTE of 8-3 on Tuesday, October 10, 2017.

Agreed to by record vote of 234-185, after agreeing to the previous questions by record vote of 227-190 on Wednesday, October 11, 2017.

MANAGERS: Collins/Polis

1. Closed rule.

2. Provides one hour of debate equally divided and controlled by the chair and ranking minority member of the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.

3. Waives all points of order against consideration of the bill.

4. Provides that the bill shall be considered as read.

5. Waives all points of order against provisions in the bill.

6. Provides one motion to recommit.

7. Section 2 provides that on any legislative day during the period from October 16, 2017, through October 20, 2017: the Journal of the proceedings of the previous day shall be considered as approved; and the Chair may at any time declare the House adjourned to meet at a date and time to be announced by the Chair in declaring the adjournment.

8. Section 3 provides that the Speaker may appoint Members to perform the duties of the Chair for the duration of the period addressed by section 2.

9. Section 4 provides that it shall be in order at any time on the legislative day of October 12, 2017, or October 13, 2017, for the Speaker to entertain motions that the House suspend the rules and that the Speaker or his designee shall consult with the Minority Leader or her designee on the designation of any matter for consideration pursuant to this section.

Amendments (click headers to sort)

#Version #Sponsor(s)PartySummaryStatus
1Version 1Cummings (MD)DemocratLate Addresses specific concerns of constitutionality raised by the Administration by revising provisions regarding mandatory disciplinary procedures to ensure that managers who violate whistleblowers’ rights will be held accountable.Submitted
2Version 1Cummings (MD)DemocratLate Protects the privacy of whistleblowers who commit suicide by requiring the permission of the whistleblower's next of kin before the agency head can disclose details about the whistleblower and his or her death. Submitted
3Version 1Cummings (MD)DemocratLate Expands protections for employees who suffer retaliation and discrimination by establishing a system to track the resolution of complaints, expanding transparency regarding findings of discrimination or retaliation, and ensuring that individuals who run programs that protect employees from retaliation and discrimination report directly to agency heads. Prohibits nondisclosure agreements that seek to restrict employee disclosures of waste, fraud, or abuse to Congress, Office of Special Counsel, or Inspectors General.Submitted