House Minority Leader John Boehner and Republican Congressman Peter King announced in a statement from Boehner’s office that Republicans and Democrats have come to an agreement to include the John Doe provision in the homeland security bill:
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Tonight, House Republican Leader John Boehner (R-OH) and U.S. Rep. Peter T. King (R-NY) released the following statement announcing the successful inclusion of the John Doe Protections language for terrorism tipsters in the 9/11 bill. King, the lead House Republican negotiator on the bill, sponsored the original Immunity Amendment which passed the House overwhelmingly in March.
“I’m pleased that Democratic leaders finally decided to do the right thing and agreed with Republicans that we should be encouraging Americans to report potential terrorist activity to the proper authorities,” said Boehner. “This much-needed measure is critical in the effort to confront the significant threats posed by al Qaeda and other terrorists and protect the American people. I want to thank Reps. King and Pearce for their leadership on this issue and their efforts to make America safer.”
“This is a huge win–a hard-fought victory for House Republicans and, more importantly, for the American people,” King said. “In a post-9/11 reality, vigilance is essential to security. Despite Democratic opposition to this important homeland security measure, I’m thrilled to announce that common sense has prevailed and heroic Americans who report suspicious activity will be protected from frivolous lawsuits. The American people were heard and our country is safer because of it.”
The New York Sun is also reporting the same information:
A provision aimed at providing whistleblower protection to Americans who report suspicious activity has advanced on Capitol Hill despite opposition from some Democrats, as top Republicans announced an agreement last night.
The House Republican leader, Rep. John Boehner of Ohio, and Rep. Peter King, a Republican of Long Island, said last night that they had reached agreement to include what has become known as the “John Doe” amendment in the final version of a major homeland security bill to implement the recommendations of the commission established to investigate the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.
The bill is currently in a House-Senate conference committee, and a deal will be announced today.