On Thursday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced that she was creating a new committee within the House that will oversee the coronavirus response. The committee will also have subpoena power to seek information from Donald Trump and his administration.
“It would have subpoena power that’s for sure. It’s no use having a committee unless you have subpoena power,” Pelosi stated on Thursday during a teleconference call she held with reporters. “And we would hope that there would be cooperation because this is not a kind of an investigation of the administration it’s about the whole [response].”
Pelosi also announced that the new committee with be chaired by Rep. James Clyburn, D-S.C. She added that the committee will be bipartisan and have both Democrats and Republicans as appointed members.
The House speaker said that the committee will be designed to address the “here and now,” especially when it concerns the allocation of federal funds directed to help the economy recover.
“With over $2 trillion in emergency relief, we need to ensure those dollars are spent carefully and effectively,” Pelosi said of the new stimulus bill.
Pelosi added that the new committee will investigate how the private sector is spending its government funds. It will also ensure the federal response is based on science and health experts. It will also help fight price gouging, political favoritism, and profiteering.
“The committee will be empowered to examine all aspects of the federal response to coronavirus, and to assure that the taxpayers’ dollars are being wisely and efficiently spent to save lives, deliver relief and benefit our economy,” she said.