Nancy Pelosi has named six new Democrats to the coronavirus oversight panel which will be led by James Clyburn (S.C.)
Reps. Maxine Waters (Calif.)
Carolyn Maloney (N.Y.)
Nydia Velázquez (N.Y.)
Bill Foster (Ill.)
Jamie Raskin (Md.)
Andy Kim (N.J.)
TheHill reports Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) on Wednesday named six new Democrats to sit on a special committee overseeing coronavirus relief spending, signaling that party leaders intend to monitor the Trump administration aggressively as trillions of dollars go out the door.
The panel, created by a party-line vote last week, will be led by Rep. James Clyburn (S.C.), the Democratic whip. In a letter to Democrats Wednesday, Pelosi named six additional members: Reps. Maxine Waters (Calif.), Carolyn Maloney (N.Y.), Nydia Velázquez (N.Y.), Bill Foster (Ill.), Jamie Raskin (Md.) and Andy Kim (N.J.).
Democrats are billing the panel as a commonsense safeguard to ensure that the historic levels of emergency funding — money designed to prop up businesses, workers, families and medical providers most affected by the coronavirus fallout — aren’t frittered away by fraud and abuse.
“We must be sure that the money we put forth goes to those who need it most, in a way that addresses disparities in access to health care and credit,” Pelosi wrote. “We also owe it to the American people to prevent waste, fraud and abuse and to protect against price-gouging and profiteering.”
The oversight panel, Pelosi says, is modeled on the Truman Committee, the bipartisan 1940s panel headed by then-Sen. Harry Truman (D-Mo.) that was formed to rein in fraud and profiteering among federal contractors during World War II.
Yet Clyburn’s oversight committee is already shaping up to be a distinctly more partisan enterprise than its historical predecessor.
Although the parties have united to approve almost $3 trillion in emergency relief since the start of March, they’re already clashing over the design, intention and necessity of the Clyburn panel.