House Republicans want to block a chunk of State Department funding as leverage to ensure compliance with records-preservation rules and force faster disclosure of documents to Congress.
The plan unveiled today opens a new front in political battles over Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server and the Republican probe of the 2012 Benghazi attacks.
The GOP's fiscal 2016 foreign operations funding bill holds back 15 percent of funding for State diplomatic programs until the department shows compliance with federal laws and policies concerning preservation of emails and other records.
Jennifer Hing, a spokeswoman for Appropriations Committee Republicans, said concerns over Clinton's private email arrangement are "related," but the language stems from "broader concern over records."
The bill says State must show that it has directed employees "at every level" to ensure that "documentation of their official duties is captured, preserved, managed, protected, and accessible in official Government systems."
It also requires State to ensure that "all departing employees at every level have been directed that all Federal records generated by employees, including senior officials, belong to the Department."