November 10, 2020

Warren Blasts Virus-Aid Watchdog, Who Hits Back on Partisanship

Senator Elizabeth Warren on Monday blasted the inspector general tasked with monitoring a $2.2 trillion coronavirus relief package for failing to fulfill his mandate, after a spat over investigating the role of lobbyists in the allocation of funds.

Senator Elizabeth Warren on Monday blasted the inspector general tasked with monitoring a $2.2 trillion coronavirus relief package for failing to fulfill his mandate, after a spat over investigating the role of lobbyists in the allocation of funds.

Warren, who had pushed to set up the oversight office and has long criticized the lobbying industry, in July pressed Brian Miller, the special inspector general for pandemic recovery, to see whether lobbyists had influenced decision-making in any specific cases.

After Miller, who previously served as a White House lawyer, said in a September response that Warren’s inquiry was baseless, the Massachusetts Democrat hit back on Monday.

“You have effectively refused to do your job,” Warren said in a letter sent Monday that was obtained by Bloomberg News. She said Miller had refused “to determine if this rigged inside game has corrupted the officials who are responsible for handing out” funds approved with the $2.2 trillion March Cares Act.

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By:  Laura Davison
Source: Bloomberg