Pelosi Statement on Nomination of White House Lawyer as Inspector General for Treasury Department Implementation of CARES Act

April 4, 2020
Press Release

San Francisco – Speaker Nancy Pelosi issued this statement after President Trump nominated Brian Miller, a senior associate counsel in the Office of the White House and former GSA Inspector General, to oversee the Treasury Department’s implementation of the $2 trillion CARES Act:

“Congressional Democrats transformed the CARES Act from corporations-first to workers-first, ensuring that taxpayer dollars given to industry go to workers’ paychecks and benefits, not be used for CEO bonuses, stock buybacks or dividends. 

“The Inspector General providing oversight of the federal response of this historic relief package for workers and families must be independent from politics.  The President’s nomination of one of his own lawyers clearly fails that test. 

“Clearly and sadly, the President intends to double down on his signing statement promise to disregard key oversight provisions that hold the Administration accountable to the law.  This nomination makes even more urgent the need for the bipartisan House Select Committee on the Coronavirus Crisis, which will ensure that taxpayer dollars are being used wisely and efficiently to help workers and not to be exploited by profiteers and price-gougers.”