Sen. Daniel Akaka is encouraging the president's push to reform whistle-blower laws.
Obama's statement coincided with a lobbying effort spearheaded by the Government Accountability Project. Participants in a coalition called the Washington Whistleblower Assembly took to the Hill on Tuesday to urge lawmakers to take action on the enhanced whistle-blower-protection bill.
Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., right, hugs Harold Schaitberger, General President of the International Association of Fire Fighters, after the Congressman spoke at the IAFF's Legislative Conference General Session at the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill, March 9, 2015. The day featured addresses by members of Congress and Vice President Joe Biden.