This bill would enhance congressional authority to enforce subpoenas issued by its committees by letting committees seek an expedited review from a three-judge panel in U.S. district court to compel compliance with a subpoena. Committees would also have the ability to appeal directly to the Supreme Court. Recipients of a congressional subpoena would be required to comply, and if they were to claim legal privilege for withholding subpoenaed materials they’d have to provide the committee with a privilege log that gives information about the withheld records.
What is House Bill H.R. 4010?
Cost of House Bill H.R. 4010
In-Depth: Sponsoring Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) introduced this bill to enhance congressional committees’ subpoena power:
“Congress has a duty to hold government accountable because the people have a right to know what they get from their government and because they deserve an efficient, effective government that works for them. During my time as Chairman of the House Oversight Committee, I saw first-hand how the Executive Branch would do everything in its power to avoid complying with Congressional requests for documents and information that the committee was entitled to. This bill is a long-overdue update that will give Congress better tools to conduct our Constitutional responsibilities as the chief watchdog for the American people.”
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Congressional Subpoena Compliance and Enforcement Act of 2017
To amend the Revised Statutes of the United States and title 28, United States Code, to enhance compliance with requests for information pursuant to legislative power under Article I of the Constitution, and for other purposes.
- Not enactedThe President has not signed this bill
- The senate has not voted
Committee on the Judiciary
- senate Committees
- The house Passed October 23rd, 2017Passed by Voice Vote
Committee on the JudiciaryIntroducedOctober 11th, 2017
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