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Reported to Senate amended (07/22/1996)

False Statements Penalty Restoration Act - Amends the Federal criminal code to make provisions prohibiting anyone from knowingly and willfully making misrepresentations to the Government applicable to the executive, legislative, and judicial branches, except with respect to statements, representations, or documents submitted to a judge by a party or counsel in a judicial proceeding.

Defines "corruptly," for purposes of the prohibition on obstructing proceedings before a Federal agency or the Congress, to mean acting with an improper purpose, personally or by influencing another, including making a false or misleading statement, or withholding, concealing, altering, or destroying a document or other information.

Amends the Federal judicial code to limit the exemption of a Government officer or employee acting within an official capacity from U.S. district court jurisdiction to enforce a Senate subpoena or order to executive branch officers or employees refusing to comply based on a governmental privilege or objection authorized by the executive branch and not on a personal privilege or objection.

Amends the Federal criminal code to authorize a U.S. district court to order an individual to provide information which he or she refuses to provide on the basis of the privilege against self-incrimination in proceedings ancillary to either House of Congress. (Currently, such authority applies only to proceedings before either House.)