Schumer ‘appalled’ by Rand Paul's call to out whistleblower

Sens. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., right, and Richard Durbin, D-Ill., depart from a press conference in the Capitol on Tuesday. (Caroline Brehman/CQ Roll Call)

Pelosi: ‘This is a cover-up’

“The facts will determine the timeline” of the impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump, Speaker Nancy Pelosi told reporters on Thursday. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Watch: Intelligence director testifies on whistleblower complaint
Full video of opening statements from the hearing

The Acting Director of National Intelligence Joseph Maguire, Chairman Rep. Adam Schiff, and Ranking Member Rep. Devin Nunes at the House Intelligence Committee on Thursday. (Caroline Brehman/CQ Roll Call)

Watch: McCarthy's full response to Pelosi's impeachment decision

Watch: Schumer asks for resolution on the "Ukraine whistleblower"

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., speaks to reporters during a news conference at the Capitol on Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2019. (Caroline Brehman/CQ Roll Call)

Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer asked his Senate colleagues to pass a resolution requesting the whistleblower complaint be transmitted to the Select Committee on Intelligence in the Senate and the House Intelligence Committee.

Capitol Ink | Philosophical Question

So much for Whistleblower Appreciation Day; Capitol Hill workers still unprotected
Employees of legislative branch agencies don't have the same protections as other federal workers

Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., once cosponsored a whistleblower protection bill, but Capitol Hill staff remain unprotected. (Photo by Caroline Brehman/CQ Roll Call)

The Senate had declared July 30 as “National Whistleblower Appreciation Day,” but that apparently is for other people, since senators’ own staffers and other legislative branch employees are not protected equally compared to other federal workers.

The discrepancy has been in place for years, but legislation to expand protections for employees of the House and Senate, Library of Congress, Capitol Police and other agencies hasn’t moved forward.

Whistleblower in Capitol Gun Case Sues
Officer alleges harsh punishment for role in exposing a gun left in a bathroom

In 2015, Roll Call reported on three instances of police officers leaving hand guns in bathrooms around the Capitol.

A Capitol Police officer is suing the department claiming “unlawful retaliation” after she admitted to sharing a photo with Roll Call of a police handgun left in the Capitol Visitor Center’s bathroom.  

Jodi Breiterman, a 14-year veteran, was formally demoted from sergeant to private first class in early May, shortly after she returned to duty from a 10-month suspension, according to the lawsuit filed in federal court last week.