House Passes Bill To Strengthen Congressional Subpoena Enforcement
House passes bill to strengthen congressional subpoena enforcement
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 …