H.R.657 – Follow the Rules Act

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H.R.657 – Follow the Rules Act


“H.R. 657, the Follow the Rules Act, clarifies that the prohibition against certain personnel actions includes personnel actions taken against any employee or applicant for employment for refusing to obey an order that would violate a rule or regulation.”

“H.R. 657 would expand the protections against retaliation that are currently given to whistleblowers who refuse to violate federal laws. Under the bill those protections would extend to employees who refuse to violate federal rules and regulations.” – CBO

(Full text of H.R. 657 at congress.gov)

Sponsor:  Rep. Duffy, Sean P. [R-WI-7] (Introduced 01/24/2017)

Status: Passed House / Passed Senate /



On Passage: On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: (2/3 required): 407 – 0 (Roll no. 239)

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Motion to recommit:

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On Passage: Agreed to by unanimous consent

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Senate Amendments:


Cost to the taxpayersCBO estimates that the annual cost to process them would be less than $500,000.

Pay-as-you-go requirements:  pay-as-you-go procedures apply

Regulatory and Other Impact:    H.R. 657 contains no intergovernmental or private-sector mandates as defined in the Unfunded Mandates Reform Act and would not affect the budgets of state, local, or tribal governments.

Dynamic Scoring:   CBO estimates that enacting H.R. 657 would not increase net direct spending or on-budget deficits in any of the four consecutive 10-year periods beginning in 2028.

Tax Complexity:  Not applicable to this bill.

Earmark Certification:  This bill does not include any congressional earmarks, limited tax benefits, or limited tariff benefits as defined in clause 9 of rule XXI.

Duplication of programs:     No provision of this bill establishes or reauthorizes a program of the Federal Government known to be duplicative of another federal program

Direct Rule-Making: The Committee estimates that enacting this bill does not direct the completion of any specific rule makings within the meaning of 5 U.S.C. 551.

Advisory Committee Statement:    The Committee finds that the legislation does not establish or authorize the establishment of an advisory committee within the definition of 5 U.S.C. App., Section 5(b).

Budget Authority: Data not available

Constitutional Authority:   Assumed.


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