Summary: H.R.4010 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)All Information (Except Text)

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Passed House amended (10/23/2017)

Congressional Subpoena Compliance and Enforcement Act of 2017

(Sec. 2) This bill amends the federal judicial code to establish certain rules that apply in a civil action by the Senate, House of Representatives, or a congressional committee or subcommittee against an individual who receives, but fails to comply with, a congressional subpoena. Specifically, the rules:

  • allow the action to be filed in a U.S. district court;
  • require expedited disposition of the action and any appeals; and
  • authorize court-imposed monetary penalties against the head of a government agency or component who willfully fails to comply with a congressional subpoena.

(Sec. 3) Additionally, the bill amends the Revised Statutes of the United States to establish requirements for the recipient of a subpoena from a congressional committee or subcommittee, including:

  • to appear and testify or produce records—books, papers, documents, data, or other objects—in a manner consistent with the subpoena; and
  • to provide a privilege log containing certain information about records that are withheld, such as the type of record and the legal basis for withholding it.