United States House Select Oversight Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis

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The United States House Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis is a bipartisan United States House of Representatives select subcommittee that Speaker Nancy Pelosi has announced will be created to provide congressional oversight of the Trump administration's response to the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States. The Select Subcommittee was established under H.Res.935 during the 116th Congress.[1] Pelosi announced on April 2, 2020, that the committee will oversee the $2.2 trillion economic stimulus/rescue legislation (the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act) enacted by Congress. The Act created a $500 billion bailout fund for U.S. industry and is the largest economic emergency legislation in U.S. history.[2][3][4] It will be a special investigatory subcommittee under the House Oversight Committee.[5]

Pelosi stated in her announcement that the committee will be chaired by House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn, aided by a staff of experts. It will have subpoena power[4] and a $2,000,000 budget.[6] Pelosi charged the committee with preventing waste, profiteering,[7] and price gouging,[2] and seeking to ensure that responses to the pandemic are based on science.[2] She described the committee as a mechanism for an after-action review.[4]

The committee's mandate is analogous to that of the Truman Committee in the 1940s, which investigated waste and fraud in defense spending.[2]

On April 23, 2020, the House officially voted 212-182 along party lines, to approve the committee's creation.[8]

Members, 117th Congress

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References

  1. ^ "H.Res.935 - 116th Congress (2019-2020): Establishing a Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis as a select investigative subcommittee of the Committee on Oversight and Reform". April 23, 2020.
  2. ^ a b c d Billy House & Erik Wasson, Pelosi Announces Bipartisan House Committee on Coronavirus, Bloomberg (April 2, 2020).
  3. ^ Erica Werner & Paul Kane, Pelosi announces new select committee to oversee coronavirus response, Washington Post (April 2, 2020).
  4. ^ a b c Clare Foran, Haley Byrd & Manu Raju, Pelosi announces House committee on coronavirus crisis to exercise oversight of pandemic response, CNN (April 2, 2020).
  5. ^ Perano, Ursula (April 23, 2020). "House passes resolution creating coronavirus oversight committee". Axios. Retrieved April 24, 2020.
  6. ^ McGovern, James P. (April 23, 2020). "Text - H.Res.935 - 116th Congress (2019-2020): Establishing a Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis as a select investigative subcommittee of the Committee on Oversight and Reform". www.congress.gov. Retrieved April 24, 2020.
  7. ^ House Speaker Weekly Briefing via Conference Call, C-SPAN (April 2, 2020).
  8. ^ Zilbermints, Regina (April 23, 2020). "House votes to create select committee to oversee coronavirus response". TheHill. Retrieved April 24, 2020.

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