Rand Paul blocks Senate resolution backing protection for whistleblowers

Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Sen. Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii) had asked for unanimous consent to pass the resolution, which “acknowledges the contributions of whistleblowers” and throws the chamber’s support behind protecting whistleblowers from retaliation.

“The threats we have seen over the last few days are so egregious they demand bipartisan outrage from one end of this chamber to the other, whether you’re a Democrat, Republican, independent, liberal, moderate or conservative,” Schumer said on the Senate floor. “What’s happening here is another erosion of the values of this republic for political expediency.”

He added that they should “send a message today that the Senate reaffirms our long-standing tradition about defending whistleblowers.”

Under Senate rules, any senator can try to pass a resolution or bill, but any senator can object and block passage.