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Pelosi Announces Creation of Panel to Oversee Trillions Approved for Virus Response

A new bipartisan oversight panel will ensure funds dispersed by Congress during the CCP virus pandemic are spent effectively, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) announced on Thursday.

The House panel, chaired by Majority Whip Jim Clyburn (D-S.C.), will be dedicated to examining “all aspects of the federal response to coronavirus,” Pelosi told reporters in a conference call.

As part of the effort, the panel will oversee the $2.2 trillion Congress recently approved for virus-related spending and any future funds approved for virus-related efforts “are spent wisely and effectively,” she added, including making sure each state and hospital receives the resources it needs.

“The panel will root out waste, fraud, and abuse,” she said.

The California Democrat said the panel is modeled on the Truman Committee, which oversaw federal funds dispersed during Wold War II.

The $2.2 trillion bill signed by President Donald Trump last week included the establishment of a congressional oversight commission appointed by Pelosi, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), and the top Republicans in Congress.

Other oversight mechanisms include having the Pentagons top watchdog overseeing distribution of the funds.

Pelosi also expressed support for a commission recommended by House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) that would review the Trump administrations early response to the the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus, commonly known as the novel coronavirus.

Schiff said that the United States reviewed what went wrong after Pearl Harbor and the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks.

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House Majority Whip James Clyburn (D-S.C.) speaks to members of the media at the U.S. Capitol in Washington on March 13, 2020. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)

“Once weve recovered, we need a nonpartisan commission to review our response and how we can better prepare for the next pandemic,” he said. “Im working on a bill to do that.”

Some have dismissed the idea, including Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.), ranking member of Schiffs committee.

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