Dr. Chris Kirkpatrick Whistleblower Protection Act

UPDATE: Protecting Whistleblowers

In our last newsletter, we announced the passage of the Dr. Chris Kirkpatrick Whistleblower Protection Act. This past week, the senator was happy to witness the president sign the act into law. The legislation strengthens penalties for those who retaliate against whistleblowers, adds protections for probationary employees, and ensures that federal employees have a greater knowledge of whistleblower protections. Learn more here.

President Trump Signing the Dr. Chris Kirkpatrick Whistleblower Act

Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead

On Wisconsin

Visting Southeastern Wisconsin

On Friday, Oct 24, Senator Johnson spoke with students at Wawautosa West High School in a discussion that ranged from social issues to homeland security to the opioid epidemic. After visiting with the students, Senator Johnson met with the Kenosha Area Business Alliance and the Racine Area Manufacturers and Commerce at UW-PArkside to discuss what is needed to continue to foster economic growth and to support business owners across the state.

Speaking with students at Wawautosa HS

Speaking with business leaders

Minority Enterprise Development Week

Last week was National Minority Enterprise Development Week, an opportunity to recognize the contributions of minority owned businesses to our economy. Congratulations and thank you to all these entrepreneurs pursing the American Dream, working hard and creating jobs.

Sen. Johnson with Nalin Mehta and Henri Sanan

Sen. Johnson with Nalin Mehta of Manarch Plastics and Henri Sanan of Interim Healthcare of Racine and Kenosha

On the Hill

Homeland Security Hearings

Chairman Johnson's Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee held two hearings this past week. The first addressed the federal government's response to hurricanes Harvey, Maria and Irma, while the second focused on the federal government's preparedness for the 2020 census.

Right to Try

On Thursday, several members of the House of Representatives took to the floor in support of passing right to try legislation. Senator Johnson thanked these members for their commitment to right to try and called on the House to pass the Trickett Wendler, Frank Mongiello, Jordan McLinn and Matthew Bellina Right to Try Act of 2017. The Senate unanimously passed Seantor Johnson's right to try bill in August. Learn more here.

Sen. Johnson with Jordan McLinn, Right to Try Hearing

Sen. Johnson with Jordan McLinn at a Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee hearing on right to try legislation

Coming Up

On Wednesday, Nov. 8, Sen. Johnson will chair the confirmation hearing for Department of Homeland Security secretary nominee Kirstjen Nielsen. The Senate will also continue to work on developing a tax reform proposal.

Media Recap

Oct. 25 - The Vicki McKenna Show: WIBA-AM (1310) - Madison

Oct. 31 - The Jay Weber Show: WISN-AM (1130) - Milwaukee

The Racine Journal Times

Washington Examiner - Tax Reform