Trump COVID-19 Watch — May 19
U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.)
Elizabeth Warren is continuing her oversight of the Trump Administration's COVID-19 response. Government delivers best when its actions are fair, transparent and accountable. But President Donald Trump's approach to this crisis doesn't reflect those values.
Senator Warren introduced new legislation to stop COVID-19 corruption with Senators Richard Blumenthal and Chris Coons and Representatives Pramila Jayapal and John Sarbanes. The CORE Act will empower and protect inspectors general, prohibit conflicts of interest, and strengthen oversight and enforcement, and stop any government-sanctioned profiteering and corruption. The House package includes some of these provisions.
Tuesday May 12th: During a congressional hearing, Dr. Fauci confirmed to Senator Warren that America does not have COVID-19 completely under control. Fauci stated that if we don't have countermeasures in place like widespread testing and diagnostic testing, there will be more infections and more deaths.
Wednesday May 13th: In her ongoing oversight of the CARES Act $500 billion slush fund, Senator Warren, along with Senator Klobuchar and Rep. Cicilline, called on Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin to use his authority to restrict large corporations that receive bailout funds from engaging in potentially harmful mergers and acquisitions.
Thursday May 14th: Senator Warren led her colleagues on the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee calling on Chairman Lamar Alexander to hold a HELP hearing with HHS Whistleblower Rick Bright.
Friday May 15th: Senator Warren announced that the Government Accountability Office has agreed her request to an audit of VA oversight of care quality at State Veterans Homes.
TODAY: Today Senator Warren will question Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin on how he is using his authority to ensure any taxpayer bailout money is used to support workers, not shovel money to CEOs and the wealthy, during the Senate Banking Hearing.
Earlier, as part of her ongoing oversight of the $500 billion slush fund, Senator Warren urged Federal Reserve officials to hold CEOs personally accountable for companies' compliance with CARES Act bailout terms.