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8 House Members View Draft Bill on Independent Science/Tech Probe of WTC 1, 2, 7 Collapses

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provided in paragraph (f) above.

 

SEC. 5. POWERS OF COMMITTEE

(a) HEARINGS AND EVIDENCE.——The Committee or, at its direction, any subcommittee or member of the Committee, may, for the purpose of carrying out this Act—

 (1) hold such public hearings in places deemed germane to the investigation, sit and act at such times and places, take such testimony, receive such evidence,

and administer such oaths as the Committee or Member considers advisable; and

(2) require, by subpoena or otherwise, the attendance and testimony of such witnesses and the production of such books, records, correspondence, memoranda, papers, documents, tapes, and materials (electronic/digital communication, e-mails, web content, etc.) as the Committee or such subcommittee or member considers advisable.

 

(b) ISSUANCE AND ENFORCEMENT

OF SUBPOENAS.——

(1) ISSUANCE——Subpoenas issued under subsection (a) shall bear the signature of the Committee Chair and shall be served by any person or class of persons designated by the Chair for that purpose.

(2) ENFORCEMENT——In the case of contumacy or failure to obey a subpoena issued under subsection (a), the United States District Court for the judicial district in which the subpoenaed person resides, is served, or may be found may issue an order requiring such person to appear at any designated place to testify or to produce documentary or other evidence. Any failure to obey the order of the Court may be punished by the Court as a contempt of that court.

(3)ADDITIONAL ENFORCEMENT——In the case of any failure of any witness to comply with any subpoena or to testify when summoned under authority of this section, the Committee may, by majority vote, certify a statement of fact constituting such failure to the appropriate United States attorney, who may bring the matter before the grand jury for its action, under the same statutory authority and procedures as if the United States attorney had received a certification under sections 102 through 104 of the Revised Statutes of the United States (2 U.S.C. 192 through 194). Additionally, the Committee may utilize the House’s procedure of inherent contempt to enforce a subpoena.

(c) WITNESS ALLOWANCES AND FEES——Section 1821 of Title 23, United States Code, shall apply to witnesses requested or subpoenaed to appear at any hearing of the Committee. The per diem and mileage allowances for witnesses shall be paid from funds available to pay the expenses of the Committee.

(d) CONTRACTING——The Committee may, to such extent and in such amounts as are provided in Appropriation Acts, enter into contracts with Federal, State, or local agencies, or private institutions or organizations, for the conduct of research or surveys, procurement of supplies and properties, preparation of reports, and other activities enabling the

Committee to discharge its duties under this Act.

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Dr. Ellis is the principal of Ellis & Associates, LLC, a writers group in Portland OR, a nominee for a Pulitzer Prize in history in 2004 (The Moving Appeal), and a former journalism professor at Louisiana's McNeese State University and Oregon State (more...)
 

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