Colonel Vindman once believed an American could tell the truth without being punished. We showed him he was wrong about that.
On Sept. 15, the House voted on two bills to protect and defend The Constitution. Rep. Tenney voted against both of them. H.R. 8326 would prevent a future rogue president from interfering with the census for political purpose. H.R. 2988 would protect whistleblowers from political revenge. Here are Rep. Tenney’s explanations:
September 15, 2022
H.R.8326 – Ensuring a Fair and Accurate Census Act
I voted “No” on H.R. 8326, the Unaccountable Census Bureau Act. Our last census was a complete fiasco with multiple leadership and administrative challenges. However, the Democrats’ response with this legislation is to make Census Bureau leadership less accountable. This bill will prevent the President from easily replacing the Census Director and make the Census Director solely responsible for the operational, statistical, or technical decisions about the decennial census. Finally, it will limit the ability of the census to ask new questions, such as the commonsense citizenship question. This bill passed the House of Representatives by a vote of 220-208.
H.R.2988 – Whistleblower Protection Improvement Act of 2021
I voted “No” on H.R. 2988, the more accurately named Limitless Whistleblower Protection Act. It is essential we protect good-faith whistleblowers who report abuses and waste in the federal government. However, this legislation will only empower bad actors to abuse the system by shielding employees from accountability or scrutiny of their claims. It will do this by shielding federal bureaucrats even if they are defying the lawful direction of the President and elected officials. This change will undermine oversight of the federal bureaucracy and our ability to ensure our government is meeting the needs of the American people. We must protect our self-governance and the rule of the people. This bill passed the House of Representatives by a vote of 221-203.
Both bills passed on party-line votes. Republican opposition to protecting The Constitution against future threats, which we might expect from experience with past threats, gives a clear view of what we might expect if Republicans gain control of the House–fewer protections for our constitutional government.