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Cahn: Members of Congress are people, too
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As I was running through my Facebook feed, a post someone shared or liked caught my eye: a proposal to offer a 28th amendment to the U.S. Constitution: “Congress shall make no law which applies to the citizens of the United States which does not apply equally to the Senators and/or Representatives; and Congress shall make no law which applies to the Senators and/or Representatives which does not apply equally to the citizens of the United States.” In 2013, ProPublica, a public interest journalism website I follow to some degree, listed out a number of Congressional exemptions -- in other words, laws our elected Senators and Representatives don’t have to follow, but we do. • Whistleblower Protections -- unlike in the private sector, legislative employees are not protected under the Whistleblower Protection Act of 1989. • Prosecution for Retaliating Against Employees -- this goes hand-in-hand with the whistleblower exemption. The U.S. Department of Labor can sue private sector employers for retaliating against an employee for, say, reporting a health or safety violation.

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