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Pelosi, McConnell name picks to serve on coronavirus oversight panel

President Donald Trump has nominated a newly established inspector general for pandemic response — meant to monitor the same $500 billion fund as the congressional panel — but his choice of a White House lawyer for the post has generated controversy and is unlikely to be confirmed for weeks, since lawmakers aren’t scheduled to return to Washington until May 4 at the earliest.

And a panel of current inspectors general was upended by Trump earlier this month when he demoted Glenn Fine, the Pentagon watchdog picked to be the new committee’s chairman. A successor has yet to be named, and inspectors general have been talking to lawmakers about changing the criteria of who may serve as the committee’s leader.

Pelosi has also indicated she intends to launch a new select committee, to conduct oversight of the CARES Act, chaired by Majority Whip James Clyburn (D-S.C.), but she has yet to name its members and likely will need a House vote to formally establish the panel.

In his announcement of Toomey, McConnell also signaled he would charge Sen. Mike Crapo (R-Wyo.), chairman of the Senate Banking Committee, with overseeing a similar Senate-wide oversight effort to monitor CARES Act implementation.

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