Categories: News Date: Oct 24, 2017 Title: HOUSE PASSES BILL TO STRENGTHEN CONGRESSIONAL SUBPOENA ENFORCEMENTBy Cristina Marcos | thehill.com
The House easily passed legislation on Monday to enhance congressional committees’ subpoena powers for investigations.
Lawmakers gave voice-vote approval to the measure authored by Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), a former chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee.
Under the bill, House and Senate committees would be allowed to seek expedited court review by a three-judge district court panel if a witness refuses to comply with a subpoena, with direct appeal to the Supreme Court.
In cases involving government agencies, the court would be allowed to impose monetary penalties on agency heads that willfully fail to comply with congressional subpoenas. Agencies would not be permitted to use taxpayer funds to pay for such penalties.
Issa cited the Obama Justice Department’s unwillingness to provide documents during his tenure as Oversight Committee chairman, as well as Rep. John Conyers Jr.’s (D-Mich.) experience with the George W. Bush administration while leading the House Judiciary Committee, as examples of both parties at times declining to cooperate with the legislative branch…read more…