Pelosi Announces Select Committee on the Coronavirus Crisis Will Continue Work in the 117th Congress Under Leadership of Chairman Clyburn
Washington, D.C. – Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced the extension of the Select Committee on the Coronavirus Crisis, under the continued leadership of Chairman and Whip Jim Clyburn, for the 117th Congress.
“As Speaker, it is a privilege to once again appoint Whip Jim Clyburn as Chairman of the Select Committee on the Coronavirus Crisis,” said Speaker Nancy Pelosi. “As Chairman, he has been masterful as he has led the Committee’s bipartisan, effective work to ensure oversight and accountability of our nation’s pandemic response on behalf of the American people. His track record of success has helped ensure that the relief funds allocated by Congress are spent wisely and efficiently, while exposing the deadly and tragic failures of the Trump Administration’s anti-science, anti-governance response to the crisis. Under Chairman Clyburn’s leadership, the Committee will continue to be a vital force in our work to crush the virus and deliver relief as urgently, efficiently and effectively as possible.”
“The Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis has identified numerous ways in which our response to the pandemic can be more effective, efficient, and equitable. As the virus continues to spread, vaccine distribution proceeds and implementation of the new relief package begins, this work remains critically important to save American lives and livelihoods,” said Chairman Clyburn. “With a new administration soon to take office, I am hopeful that the Select Subcommittee will work on a bipartisan basis to help provide the leadership and support Americans need and deserve to get us beyond this pandemic.”
Since its establishment by the House of Representatives on April 23, 2020, the Select Subcommittee has conducted more than 30 investigations – many of which are still ongoing – holding 15 public hearings and briefings, reviewing hundreds of thousands of documents, and issuing nine staff reports. These investigations have shed light on how the outgoing Trump Administration failed to stop or even slow the spread of the coronavirus and failed to protect struggling Americans from economic harm. The Select Subcommittee has also identified critical steps that are needed to get the virus under control and prevent further unnecessary deaths and deprivation.
The Select Subcommittee’s investigations have identified more than $4 billion in potential fraud in small business programs, led the Administration to halt a potentially wasteful $765 million loan, prompted Treasury to notify millions of eligible Americans who had not yet received their stimulus checks and returned more than $100 million in taxpayer dollars to the U.S. Treasury. These investigations also uncovered evidence that senior Administration officials interfered with the work of career scientists and advocated for a “herd immunity” strategy to actively encourage the spread of the virus.
The Select Subcommittee has also worked on a bipartisan basis to provide rigorous, ongoing oversight of critical vaccine development and distribution efforts.