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H.R. 6245 - Congressional Oversight Act

Introduced: 2018-06-27
Bill Status: Referred to the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.
 
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115th CONGRESS
2d Session
H. R. 6245


    To require access to Federal facilities by Member of Congress, and for other purposes.


IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

June 27, 2018

    Mr. Gonzalez of Texas introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform


A BILL

    To require access to Federal facilities by Member of Congress, and for other purposes.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. Short title.

This Act may be cited as the “Congressional Oversight Act”.

SEC. 2. Access to Federal buildings required for Members of Congress.

(a) Findings.—The Congress finds the following:

(1) Members of Congress have a responsibility to conduct oversight and investigations over the agencies of the Federal Government.

(2) Members of Congress must determine appropriate funding levels for the agencies of the Government.

(3) Certain agencies have self-determined that they have the power to deny Members of Congress access to Federal facilities.

(4) Members have the right and duty to inspect and observe any Federal agency, building, or facility at a time of their choosing and upon twenty-four hours’ notice.

(b) Requirement.—The head of an agency must grant access to the Federal facility for which a Member of Congress has provided proper notice in accordance with subsection (c).

(c) Proper notice.—For purposes of this section, proper notice means a Member of Congress has submitted a written notice (including by email, fax, or hand delivery) to an agency that—

(1) the Member intends to visit a facility of the agency at least 24 hours before the time of the intended visit;

(2) includes a description of the date and time of the visit, the facility to be visited, and the purpose of the visit; and

(3) may be submitted to the head of the agency.

(d) Agency defined.—The term “agency” has the meaning given that term in section 101 of title 31, United States Code.


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