Russiagate led nowhere. Impeachment led nowhere. In fact, impeachment distracted Congress from the then-emerging outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic. Now, leading democrats want to keep their names and narratives in the headlines with another raft of investigations into the Trump administration, this time over the president’s handling of the pandemic and the allocation of funds from the $2.2 trillion relief package.
The usual suspects, Pelosi, Schiff, and Schumer are voicing deeply heartfelt concerns about the misallocation of funds and equipment in the fight against the coronavirus. This comes a day after Pelosi was implicated in insider trading. While attending closed-door congressional meetings on the coronavirus outbreak, Pelosi and her husband bought over $1 million in Amazon stock, just before its brick-and-mortar competition across the country was forced to close.
Outraged by President Trump’s audacity to directly brief the nation on progress in the fight against the coronavirus, democrats have touted the formation of a ‘bipartisan’ oversight committee to oversee the relief bill spending. This bipartisanship of this committee is unique in that, rather than being co-chaired by a member of each party, it will be solely chaired by Democrat Majority Whip Jim Clyburn. Meanwhile, Schiff is pushing for yet another investigation into the administration’s handling of the coronavirus crisis.
Oversight committee is itself a misallocation of resources
“I don’t think that’s appropriate at this time,” McCarthy says of a fourth recovery package that Pelosi is pushing, saying the law needs to be implemented first
— Manu Raju (@mkraju) April 2, 2020
Republican House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy has responded to the move by saying, “This seems really redundant.” The $2.2 trillion relief bill has substantial relief mechanisms already built into it. Besides, Democrats lost much of their ability to legitimately criticize the relief bill when they helped to unanimously pass it through the senate.
Schiff has opined about the need to ensure that resources are not allocated to states based on partisanship or flattery of the president. Schiff failed to provide any evidence-based rationale for such concerns. On the contrary, California’s Democratic governor Gavin Newsom recently expressed praise and gratitude for the support that Trump has shown to the state.
Why would Pelosi announce a "bipartisan" select committee without first discussing it with McCarthy? https://t.co/aISHzNqUis
— Ed Morrissey (@EdMorrissey) April 2, 2020
If anyone needs investigating, it’s the Dems
A redundant oversight committee is itself a waste of government time and resources that could be better used helping Americans or simply getting out of the way. Perhaps the democrats themselves should be investigated for shoehorning the misallocation of funds into the relief bill themselves, such as the $25 million they allocated for the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington DC. The center has nothing to do with the fight against the coronavirus and is hardly an essential business. In fact, after the funding was announced, the Kennedy Center immediately fired most of its staff.
The Democrats’ calls for oversight committees and yet more investigations of the President fly in the face of public opinion. Polling shows that the American people have great and growing confidence in the President to get the country through this.