Stimulus oversight panel has 1 person watching $2.2 trillion

New law requires a five-member oversight panel, but members have not been named. A 30-day clock is ticking.


National News

April 15, 2020 - 9:38 AM

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin delivers remarks alongside President Donald Trump during a briefing on the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic in the Brady Press Briefing Room at the White House on Tuesday, March 17, 2020 in Washington, D.C. Photo by (Kevin Dietsch/Pool/Abaca Press/TNS)

WASHINGTON — On April 6, Bharat Ramamurti became the first person named to the Congressional Oversight Commission supposed to police the massive coronavirus relief fund. A former top staffer for Sen. Elizabeth Warren, Ramamurti expected to have company — the new law requires congressional leaders to appoint a five-member panel.

He’s still waiting.

As tens of billions of taxpayer dollars from the $2.2 trillion relief bill begin flowing out the door, Ramamurti remains the lone member appointed to the panel. With no colleagues, no staff, and no office, he’s had to rely on one of the few avenues he has to communicate with the public: his unverified Twitter feed.

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