The House voted along party lines on Thursday in favor of establishing a select committee to oversee the federal government’s response to the novel coronavirus. Why it matters: The committee, chaired by House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn (D-S.C.), will have subpoena power and broad authority to investigate how the Trump administration uses the trillions of dollars in coronavirus relief allocated by Congress.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced the formation of the committee earlier this month, but needed the full House’s approval before formally establishing the panel.
The committee will be a special investigatory subcommittee under the Oversight Committee. Republicans have voiced concerns that the committee will be partisan, though the resolution states that seven Democrats and five Republicans will be appointed to the panel.