Gallagher Votes in Favor of Whistleblower Protection Bill
Washington, D.C. – Today in the House, Rep. Mike Gallagher voted in favor of legislation to provide greater whistleblower protections for Federal employees. The bill is in honor of Dr. Chris Kirkpatrick, a Wisconsin clinical psychologist who committed suicide after being fired from the Tomah VA when he expressed alarm that patients at the facility were overmedicated, preventing them from being treated properly. A VA investigation later found that Chris’ concerns about overmedication were entirely founded.
After the bill passed the House, Rep. Gallagher released the following statement:
“Dr. Kirkpatrick’s story is a tragedy, but after today’s vote in the House it serves as a turning point. Just as our veterans have earned world-class care, their allies such as Chris deserve full protection should they bravely decide to document VA wrongdoing or abuse. By increasing protections for whistleblowers and establishing disciplinary standards for retaliation, this legislation honors Chris’ memory and serves as fitting memorial to a life that was tragically cut short.”
Rep. Gallagher serves as a co-sponsor of the bill. A companion piece of legislation was introduced in the Senate by Senator Ron Johnson.