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Congress’ New Coronavirus Committee Has Only Democrats

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has appointed several Congress members to an ad hoc committee to oversee the White House’s response to the coronavirus crisis. 

On paper, the House Select Coronavirus Committee will provide oversight into how the White House has spent money allocated for coronavirus relief in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act. 

There’s one glaring problem. All of its members are Democrats. (Daily Wire)

“Pelosi had already announced that she intended to name the House’s third-ranking Democrat, Majority Whip James Clyburn (D-SC), to lead the committee. On Wednesday, she selected six additional members, a mix of trusted lieutenants, veteran policy-writers and a vulnerable freshman to fill the high-profile positions,” Politico reported Thursday.

Among those selected, House Oversight Committee Chairwoman Carolyn Maloney (D-NY), House Small Business Committee Nydia Velazquez (D-NY), and House Financial Services Committee Chairwoman — and notable anti-Trump “resistance” leader — Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA).

Politico reports that it is “not clear” whether Republicans will be invited to participate on the panel, but their inclusion looks unlikely. Pelosi has said, in the past, that the committee will be charged with overseeing how CARES Act funds are dispersed and checking up on White House watchdogs assigned to keep CARES relief funds accountable.

‘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 announcing her committee selections.

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