Pelosi Announces Committee To Oversee Coronavirus Response

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said the committee will make sure federal relief money is being spent "wisely and efficiently."
Posted at 3:49 PM, Apr 02, 2020

On Thursday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced the creation of a new select committee to oversee the government's response to the coronavirus pandemic. 

President Donald Trump recently signed an approximately $2 trillion stimulus package, the largest in U.S. history, to boost the economy and help Americans during the pandemic. 

Pelosi said the panel, chaired by Majority Whip Jim Clyburn, will make sure that money is being spent "wisely and efficiently." She told reporters during a press call the "panel will root out waste, fraud and abuse; it will protect against price gouging, profiteering and political favoritism."

"We have no higher priority to make sure the money gets to those working families struggling to pay rent and put food on the table who need it most," Pelosi said. 

The bipartisan oversight panel will also have the authority to issue subpoenas. 

Republican Rep. Kevin McCarthy was quick to criticize the committee as unnecessary.

"Inside bills that we pass, we did put in oversight, and this seems really redundant, but for any Senate committee to get up and running, it takes a vote of Congress," McCarthy said. "I don't know when we'd go back and vote on this. I don't know what the budget would be. I don't know what the responsibility would be." 

But Pelosi said this is not an investigation into the administration. She told reporters the panel will first focus on "the here and now" instead of the government's initial response to the pandemic, although said a review may be necessary later on. 

Contains footage from CNN.