Speaker Nancy Pelosi made a questionable power move on Thursday, announcing a new House panel that will be overseeing the distribution of the billions of dollars that were allocated for the coronavirus pandemic. The California Democrat has plans to appoint House majority whip James Clyburn to oversee the entire committee, but House Republicans have rejected the idea of allowing such a thing.
Along with distributing billions of dollars for the coronavirus outbreak, Nancy Pelosi claims the panel will have the power to subpoena the Trump administration.
Check out what Fox News reported below:
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced Thursday she's creating a new House committee to oversee the coronavirus response that will have subpoena power to seek information from the Trump administration.
"It would have subpoena power that’s for sure. It's no use having a committee unless you have subpoena power," Pelosi, D-Calif., said Thursday during a teleconference call 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]."
Rep. James Clyburn, D-S.C., will chair the House Select Committee on the Coronavirus Crisis. The committee will be bipartisan, she said, with Democrats and GOP members appointed.
This controversial appointment shows just how political this move from the Democrat leader truly was.
Despite appointing South Carolina Democrat James Clyburn, who was caught last month telling his colleagues that the coronavirus is a ‘tremendous opportunity to restructure things to fit our vision,’ Nancy Pelosi ironically claimed the panel is intended to be “bipartisan.”
Nancy Pelosi also announced additional plans earlier today to push ahead with more coronavirus economic relief legislation, but House Republicans quickly shut down her proposition.
“I know the speaker is trying to talk about a fourth bill,” House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy said.
“I don’t think that’s appropriate at this time. We just passed the largest bill in history. We’ve got to make sure this is implemented correctly.”
In order for Nancy Pelosi to be able to pursue her recent proposals, it would take weeks for a vote in Congress, and Kevin McCarthy says he is “not sure” when or if any of them would be “up and running.”
“Our focus now should be on implementing the trillions of dollars that we have passed," he concluded.
As the coronavirus pandemic continues to unfold, some Democrats in power just continue to prove that they are more worried about pushing their agenda than providing the necessary economic relief for American citizens.