A Republican lawmaker has proposed legislation that would require federal agencies to fire employees who refuse to answer questions from Congress.
The bill, sponsored by Rep. Mo Brooks (R-Ala.), would also give congressional panels the authority to terminate employment “if three-fourths of the congressional body that heard the testimony finds that a federal worker willfully or knowingly gave false testimony during a hearing.”
“This legislation is constitutional and necessary to enable Congress to provide proper oversight for the American people,” Brooks told The Hill newspaper on Friday.
The proposal comes in response to actions taken by Lois Lerner, the IRS official who invoked her Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination during a House Oversight Committee hearing on the IRS targeting controversy.
“This is a statement which should not be made by federally appointed officials before a congressional hearing if they are faithfully carrying out the duties of their office,” Brooks told The Hill.
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