Pelosi Appoints Only Democrats to New Anti-Trump Coronavirus Committee
The panel will police how the White House relief money
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi appointed seven Democratic members to a House panel aimed to "oversee" the Trump administration’s coronavirus response efforts.
The panel will police how the White House spends the money allocated for coronavirus relief, which included the CARES Act.
"We must make sure that the historic investment of taxpayer dollars made in the CARES Act is being used wisely and efficiently to help those in need, not be exploited by profiteers and price-gougers," Pelosi said in a "Dear Colleague" letter.
As Politico reported, Pelosi announced her intention to name Majority Whip James Clyburn (D-SC), to lead the committee.
The House Speaker then selected six additional members, ranging from veteran policy-writers, trusted lieutenants, and vulnerable freshmen, to fill the high-profile positions.
Among those selected are as follows:
- House Oversight Committee Chairwoman Carolyn Maloney (D-NY)
- House Small Business Committee Nydia Velazquez (D-NY)
- House Financial Services Committee Chairwoman Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA).
It's also worth noting that Waters is a well-known anti-Trump “resistance” leader.
But it isn't clear whether any Republicans will be invited to participate on the panel.
Pelosi said the committee would oversee how CARES Act funds are used.
“We must make sure that the historic investment of taxpayer dollars made in the CARES Act is being used wisely and efficiently to help those in need, not be exploited by profiteers and price-gougers,” Pelosi said in a statement.
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But in reality, the committee will scrutinize the White House’s response, along with CARES Act expenditures like loans made to help small companies still suffering six months after the pandemic lockdown lifts.
Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), already has a bill drafted demanding a full “coronavirus commission.”
“After Pearl Harbor, September 11, and other momentous events in American history, independent, bipartisan commissions have been established to provide a complete accounting of what happened, what we did right and wrong, and what we can do to better protect the country in the future,” Schiff said in a statement.
The news comes a week after Pelosi attempted to deflect the blame from Democrats who stalled the replenishing of the depleted fund for small business relief, or PPP.