Panel to Oversee Virus Relief Spending Still Has Only One Member
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi promises that a five-member oversight commission to police a major part of the massive federal coronavirus relief spending “will be in place,” but after two weeks just one member has been appointed.
The reasons for delay in choosing the chairman and three members aren’t clear. The deadline is less than a month away for the first report by the commission, which will oversee about $500 billion of aid — loans, loan guarantees, and investments — to affected industries, including airlines.
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer is the only one of the four top House and Senate leaders to make his appointment, naming Bharat Ramamurti, a former aide to Senator Elizabeth Warren, on April 6. Pelosi, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy also name members to the commission, and Pelosi and McConnell will jointly choose a chair.
Aides to Pelosi, McCarthy and McConnell declined to disclose when the appointments might be announced, or why they haven’t been already.
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