Whistleblower protections proposal included in full committee markup
WASHINGTON, D.C. – On Wednesday, the House Armed Services Committee (HASC) plans to consider a provision authored by Congresswoman Jackie Walorski (IN-02) extending whistleblower protections for military sexual assault victims. Walorski introduced a bipartisan bill alongside Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez (CA-46) to strengthen whistleblower protection laws and clarify that victims are protected from punishment for reporting sexual assault. The proposal was approved by the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Military Personnel.
“Congress is one step closer to passing meaningful laws to combat military sexual assault and grant our servicemembers the protection and peace of mind they deserve,” said Walorski, freshman member of the House Armed Services Committee. “Our bipartisan proposal highlights a gaping hole in the military justice system by bringing the alarming issue of underreporting to light and demanding accountability from military officials.”
If adopted by the full committee, the Walorski provision will be included in the House version of the Fiscal Year 2014 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). The bill continues to gain bipartisan support, with 71 co-sponsors currently added.