KPCC: Adam Schiff On Wanting To Establish Commission To Review Federal Pandemic Response

By April 8, 2020 April 27th, 2020 2020 Campaign, COVID-19, Democracy, Good Government

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House Democrats are drafting legislation that would create a bipartisan commission to study the U.S. government’s response to the coronavirus pandemic, modeled on one that examined the 9/11 attacks.

The chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, Rep. Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., and the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., are working on separate bills establishing a commission. Draft legislation from Thompson’s committee says the commission would provide a “full and complete accounting” of the U.S. efforts.

We talk to Chairman Schiff about the Commission, as well as the recent firing of the Pentagon’s inspector general who had been overseeing the federal financial rescue package, the White House’s daily briefings with the public, the Senate’s proposal for a frontline workers pay program and the president’s vision for an economic bounceback.

This piece was originally published and broadcast at KPCC 89.3 Airtalk.