Republicans Unleash Subcommittee To Investigate COVID Origins

Newly elected Speaker of the US House of Representatives Kevin McCarthy holds the gavel after he was elected on the 15th ballot at the US Capitol in Washington, DC, on January 7, 2023. - Kevin McCarthy's election to his dream job of speaker of the US House of Representatives was secured through a mix of bombproof ambition, a talent for cutting deals and a proven track record of getting Republicans what they need.
He only won election as speaker after they forced him to endure 15 rounds of voting -- a torrid spectacle unseen in the US Capitol since 1859. (Photo by OLIVIER DOULIERY / AFP) (Photo by OLIVIER DOULIERY/AFP via Getty Images)

At a glance

  • House Republicans on Monday passed a rules package that included the formation of a Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Pandemic to investigate the origins of Covid-19 and other aspects of the pandemic.
  • The committee will have the power to investigate wide-ranging issues, including vaccine development, Covid-related school closures and the $5 trillion in emergency federal aid that has been approved since the start of the pandemic.
  • “There’s a lot of confusion out there, there’s a lot of uncertainty out there, and I believe every American regardless of their political ideology would like to know the truth,” said Representative James Comer (R., Ky.), the incoming chair of the House Oversight and Accountability Committee.

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