Pelosi Announces New House Committee to Politicize the Trump Administration’s Response to the Wuhan Virus
On Thursday, April 2, 2020, Nancy Pelosi announced a new House select committee that would monitor the Trump administration’s response to the Wuhan Virus pandemic.
During a conference call with reporters, the House Speaker said House Majority Whip James Clyburn will be heading the panel.
Pelosi claims the committee, which will be comprised of Democrats and Republicans, will oversee the Trump administration’s management of the $2 trillion relief package and the government’s response as the pandemic continues.
. “We face a deadly virus and a battered economy with millions of Americans suddenly out of work,” Pelosi stated. “Congress has taken an important step in leading this crisis by passing three bills with over $2 trillion in emergency relief. We need to ensure those dollars are spent carefully and effectively.”
The speaker declared that the committee “will root out waste, fraud and abuse” and “protect against price-gouging, profiteering and political favoritism.” Additionally, it will try to guarantee that the U.S. response to the outbreak is “based on the best possible science” and the advice of leading health experts, Pelosi asserted.
Responding to Pelosi’s announcement, White House spokesman Steven Groves said President Donald Trump and the White House Wuhan Virus task force “are committing 100% of their time, energy, and resources to ending the current crisis.” He noted that “any attempt to politicize the crisis even before it has ended is dangerous.”
During a conference call with reporters on Thursday, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy described the panel as redundant because of the oversight mechanisms that are already in place in the stimulus bill.
Trump has every reason to worry about this committee.
Given Clyburn’s history of race-baiting, it will likely be used as a way to attack Trump. After all, Clyburn has gone on record downplaying Trump’s economic policy successes in the black community.
The efforts will distract from the real matter at hand, China’s authoritarianism and use of the Wuhan Virus pandemic to consolidate its power.
Democrats would like to make this a debate about “racism’ and shift the discussion from globalism vs. nationalism
In the end, Americans are deprived of an actual policy debate that puts America First policies in the spotlight.