On April 29, 2020, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced seven Democratic members to the House Select Committee on the Coronavirus Crisis. Speaker Pelosi first announced the creation of a bipartisan committee on April 2, 2020, "to ensure that the over $2 trillion that Congress has dedicated to this battle – and any additional funds Congress provides in future legislation – are spent wisely and effectively." At the same time, Speaker Pelosi named Majority Whip Jim Clyburn as the committee chair.
In yesterday's announcement, Speaker Pelosi named six additional committee members, including Reps. Waters and Velázquez, who have been active in calling for oversight over the CARES Act Paycheck Protection Program, along with other members of Congress. Speaker Pelosi again emphasized the focus of the committee: "We must be sure that the money we put forth goes to those who need it most, in a way that addresses disparities in access to health care and credit. We also owe it to the American people to prevent waste, fraud and abuse and to protect against price-gouging and profiteering."
The seven committee members are:
- Majority Whip Jim Clyburn, Committee Chair (D-S.C.)
- Rep. Maxine Waters, Chair of the House Financial Services Committee (D-Calif.)
- Rep. Carolyn Maloney, Chair of the House Oversight and Reform Committee (D-N.Y.)
- Rep. Nydia Velázquez, Chair of the House Small Business Committee (D-N.Y.)
- Rep. Bill Foster (D-Ill.)
- Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-Md.)
- Rep. Andy Kim (D-N.J.)