December 08, 2020

Neguse Legislation to Protect Whistleblowers Passes the House with Bipartisan Support

Washington D.C.—Today, Congressman Joe Neguse passed legislation through the U.S. House of Representatives which would extend whistleblower protections and ensure greater accountability for criminal antitrust violations. The measure—the Criminal Antitrust Anti-Retaliation Act—is bipartisan and co-led with Congressman Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, Congressman David Cicilline (D-RI), Chairman of the Judiciary Subcommittee on Antitrust, Commercial and Administrative Law and Congressman Jim Sensenbrenner (R-WI), Ranking Member of the Judiciary Subcommittee on Antitrust, Commercial and Administrative Law. Specifically, the bill would extend whistleblower protections to private sector employees who report criminal antitrust violations to the federal government. The measure passed the U.S. Senate on October 17, 2019 and will now head to the President’s desk for signature. 

View Congressman Neguse’s remarks on the House floor before bill passage here.

“Since our nation’s earliest days, the federal government has long prioritized protecting whistleblowers.  Today, more than ever honoring that history is tremendously important,” said Congressman Joe Neguse. “This legislation extends whistleblower protections to private sector employees who step forward to report criminal antitrust violations and take on substantial personal and professional risks as a result.” 

“No one should face retaliation for blowing the whistle on illegal anticompetitive behavior,” said Chairman Nadler. “By extending whistleblower protections to private employees, the Criminal Antitrust Anti-Retaliation Act will improve the enforcement of our nation’s antitrust laws and protect countless consumers nationwide from harmful activities like price and wage fixing. I commend Congressman Neguse and Senator Grassley for their work on this vital legislation, and I look forward to seeing this bill signed into law.”

“It’s important that this bill become law. Whistleblowers who suffer retaliation after they report on criminal antitrust conduct deserve a path to reinstatement,” said Congressman Cicilline. “This bill ensures employees who report wrongdoing to the federal government will have that opportunity, as well as the chance to receive compensation for any harms they suffer.” 

The Criminal Antitrust Anti-Retaliation Act is based on recommendations from a 2011 Government Accountability Office report. Antitrust violations often result in higher prices, less innovation, and less choice. Private sector employees are integral in maintaining the integrity of our antitrust laws, without whom violations such as price and wage fixing, would go unreported.