Coronavirus live updates: 50,000 dead worldwide
Pelosi announces new House committee to oversee coronavirus response
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced her intention to create a bipartisan House committee to oversee the federal response to the coronavirus crisis, led by Representative James Clyburn of South Carolina, the majority whip.
Pelosi told reporters during her weekly press conference Thursday that the House Select Committee on the Coronavirus Crisis would oversee the dispersal of funds from the $2.2 trillion relief bill signed by President Trump last week, and “ensure the taxpayers dollars are being wisely and efficiently spent.”
“The panel will root out waste, fraud and abuse. It will protect against price-gouging, profiteering and political favoritism,” Pelosi told reporters, adding that the panel will wield subpoena power. “We need transparency and accountability.”