This resolution would direct the Senate Legal Counsel to bring a civil lawsuit to enforce a subpoena issued to Carl Ferrer, CEO of Backpage.com. Ferrer and his company, a free classified-ad website, have refused to provide information sought by the subpoena.
The resolution would also hold Backpage in contempt of Congress. The Senate Legal Counsel would be responsible for conducting the civil contempt proceedings against Backpage in federal court. This would be the first contempt vote by the Senate since December 1995, and if successful, the federal court could then force the company to turn over the documents in question.