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Chairman Hastings Letter to Secretary Vilsack Regarding Secure Rural Schools Subpoenas


WASHINGTON, D.C., September 19, 2013 - Dear Mr. Secretary:

On September 4,2013, a subpoena was issued to you as Secretary of the U.S. Department of Agriculture ("USDA") for certain documents related to the Obama Administration's decision to retroactively sequester money paid to states under the Secure Rural Schools ("SRS") program.

The subpoena required that the requested documents be provided to the Committee on Natural Resources ("Committee") no later than 12 noon on September 18, 2013. The deadline has now passed, and the USDA has failed to provide any of the documents
that were the subject of the subpoena and has not indicated when compliance may be expected. The USDA's failure to timely comply with this duly authorized and issued subpoena frustrates the Committee's constitutional obligation to conduct oversight of the Executive Branch. I strongly urge you to comply fully and expeditiously with this subpoena; otherwise, the Committee may take action as necessary to enforce the subpoena.

Read the entire letter HERE.


Contact: Committee Press Office 202-226-9019

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