Magazine article Insight on the News

Grassley Wins Battle with White House. (the Watchers)

Magazine article Insight on the News

Grassley Wins Battle with White House. (the Watchers)

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You have to hand it to Iowa Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley. Second to none in defense of whistle-blowers, he has taken on the White House during the tenure of Democrat and Republican presidents alike to press for whistle-blowers' rights, both in the government and in private enterprise. Grassley is at the forefront, pointing out that expanding employees' free-speech rights actually enhances our security, whether protecting corporate integrity or the safety of the homeland.

Grassley's latest victory occurred in January, when the White House backtracked on its earlier contention that only corporate whistle-blowers who make disclosures to a "duly authorized congressional investigative committee" are protected by the Sarbanes-Oxley corporate-accountability act passed last summer. Now, Acting Solicitor General Howard Radzely has admitted that the legislative intent of the bill was that legitimate disclosures could be made to any member of Congress--the position of Grassley and Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), cosponsors of the related amendment to Sarbanes-Oxley.

Radzely admitted that the corporate-accountability protections applied to whistle-blowers who had contact with "any member of Congress or any committee of Congress." In response, Grassley praised the White House "for recognizing the need to make it easier for corporate whistle-blowers to be protected when they speak out on wrongdoing in the boardroom. …

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