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Positions and Views of Frank Lautenberg
on Government
Previous Candidate for U.S. Senate, New Jersey
Age: 91
Party: New Jersey Democratic Party
Phone: 973.639.8700
Address: P.O. Box 960
Cliffside Park NJ 07010
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WASHINGTON, DC -- During a news conference today, lawmakers announced landmark whistleblower protection legislation for federal workers and contractors. The legislation authored by Senator Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ) in the Senate and Representatives Edward Markey (D-MA) and Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) in the House will give protection for whistleblowers who risk their careers to stand up for the American people.

The lawmakers were joined by a number of government whistleblowers from the C.I.A., the the Air Force and the FAA. -- As well as representatives from several organizations working to strengthen the laws to protect whistleblowers.

"Whistlebowers should be protected under the law, however the Bush administration seeks time and again to punish them for speaking out. Those who uncover waste, fraud and abuse should not be fired -- they should be applauded," said Senator Lautenberg.

"Congress has given employees of Enron or WorldCom who reported accounting fraud better whistleblower protections than we give FBI employees, TSA baggage screeners, or port employees who report serious risks to homeland and national security," said Rep. Markey. "Whistleblowers are modern-day Paul Reveres. When they voice concerns over our nation's national security, we should listen to them, not silence them."

"Whistleblowers are true patriots, not enemies of the state," said Maloney. "The American people should know when their government is working for them and when it isn't. They should know when an administration is concealing something not to protect the country, but to protect its political standing. Whistleblowers are often the only way these systemic problems are uncovered. The current laws don't work for whistleblowers, and we need to change that."

This legislation would, for the first time expand whistleblower protections to national security employees and federal contractors, empowering whistleblowers to pursue their case in court instead of having to go through the cu [Response was truncated to maximum response length of 2000 characters.]

Source: Candidate Website (10/04/2008)

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