House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) announced the names of six Democratic lawmakers she appointed to a new select committee designed to oversee the federal coronavirus response.
The committee will be chaired by Rep. Jim Clyburn (D-S.C.), and its members will include Reps. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.), Carolyn Maloney (D-N.Y.), Nydia Velázquez (D-N.Y.), Bill Foster (D-Ill.), Jamie Raskin (D-Md.) and Andy Kim (D-N.J.).
“I am proud to appoint these distinguished and accomplished leaders of the Congress and Country to the Select Committee on the Coronavirus,” Pelosi said in a release on Wednesday afternoon.
She continued, “They bring outstanding mastery of Congressional oversight and decades of experience fighting for working families to our critical mission to ensure that our coronavirus response puts working Families First.”
“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,” she added.
The new House panel is designed to examine the federal government’s response to the coronavirus and “ensure that taxpayer dollars are being wisely and efficiently.”
Clyburn said that the committee will not be examining the initial response to the virus, as IJR has reported. He said, “This committee will be forward-looking.”
“We’re not going to be looking back on what the president may or may not have done, back before this crisis hit. The crisis is with us,” he added.