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Rep. Andy Kim. (Photo: Kevin Sanders for the New Jersey Globe)

Kim appointed to COVID-19 panel

First-term congressman gets seat on select committee

By Nikita Biryukov, April 29 2020 4:44 pm

Rep. Andy Kim was appointed to a 12-member House panel that will oversee the spending of bailout funds Wednesday.

“We are in the midst of the largest national security crisis to hit our homeland, and we are responding with the largest emergency response package in or nation’s history,” Kim said. “We have one chance to get this recovery right; our actions will either help put an end to the pandemic and get people back to work, or we’ll throw billions in taxpayer money away to waste, fraud and abuse.”

The House Select Committee on the Coronavirus Crisis will also work to crack down on price gouging of medical and other equipment and seek to enhance the federal testing and contact tracing capacities.

“As a member on this important Select Committee, I will fight every day to make sure every hard-earned penny from American taxpayers is spent wisely and impactfully to support families in dire need. This is not a time for partisanship,” he said. “I will take on this assignment with the same approach to service as I did when I worked under both Republicans and Democrats as a national security official.”

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