EXCLUSIVE: Republican Rep. Ben Cline is rolling out a measure that would block federal officials from receiving their salaries if they are held in contempt for noncompliance with a congressional subpoena, Fox News Digital has learned.
The bill comes as House Republicans continue to issue subpoenas to members of the Biden administration for documents, records and testimony.
Cline, R-Va., who serves on the House Judiciary Committee, is rolling out the "Subpoena Compliance Accountability Act," which would amend House Rules to require that appropriations bills considered by the House of Representatives prohibit funds for the salary of any federal official held in contempt for defying congressional subpoenas – specifically refusals to testify or produce documents and records.
"For too long, federal officials within the Biden administration have stonewalled congressional investigations," Cline told Fox News Digital. "Enough is enough."
Cline added: "Defunding any federal official held in contempt will hold them accountable, strengthen congressional subpoena power, and help restore trust in our institutions."
Cline’s office said the bill would also "help put a stop to the weaponization of government."
This year, since Republicans have taken the House majority, GOP lawmakers have threatened to hold FBI Director Christopher Wray in contempt of Congress for failing to comply with its subpoena related to the Hunter Biden investigation and others, and threatened to hold Secretary of State Antony Blinken in contempt of Congress for failing to produce records related to the Afghanistan withdrawal.