|WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. House Majority Whip James E. Clyburn today issued the following statement in response to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi naming him the Chairman of the House Select Committee on the Coronavirus Crisis.
“I am deeply humbled by the Speaker’s confidence in me to lead this Select Committee. The importance of this Committee’s work cannot be overstated. Just as the Truman Commission in the 1940s investigated waste, corruption, and fraud during World War II at the Defense Department, this Select Committee is tasked with oversight of how the federal government spends the taxpayer-funded $2 trillion allocated by Congress to address the COVID-19 crisis.
“I believe very strongly that we cannot let the assistance directed toward addressing this crisis accrue in an unequitable fashion. As the Speaker said, ‘the greatness of our nation is its ability to rise to extraordinary challenges.’ I would add we must ensure that the nation’s greatness is made accessible and affordable for all. In the recovery from previous crises like the Great Depression and various recessions, parts of our great country were left behind, having not been treated equitably. We cannot allow that to happen in this pandemic.
“I am ready to take on the challenge before this Select Committee and will work diligently to direct our bipartisan oversight of the federal response to the COVID-19 crisis.”