Lowey Statement on President Trump’s Removal of Independent Pandemic Spending Watchdog

April 7, 2020
Press Release

WHITE PLAINS, NY – Today, Congresswoman Nita Lowey (D-NY17/Rockland-Westchester), Chair of the House Appropriations Committee, issued the following statement after President Trump removed Glenn Fine from his position as the leader of a panel of watchdogs tasked with overseeing the spending of trillions of dollars in COVID-19 relief:

“As of today, the COVID-19 pandemic has taken over 12,000 lives in our country alone. Families mourn the loss of loved ones and take extreme measures to protect against a pandemic the Trump administration failed to prevent from spreading at this magnitude when they had the opportunity to do so months ago. At an unprecedented time when Americans are counting on their government to show up for them in their time of need, President Trump is instead sabotaging the critical work Inspectors General do to maximize the effective use of taxpayer dollars and protect against fraud and corruption.

“President Trump’s removal and replacement of Acting Inspector General Glenn Fine, a public servant whose career is marked with honesty and a steadfast commitment to fairness, is just the latest in a string of President Trump’s attempts to squash any oversight of his administration. The gravity of Acting Inspector General Fine’s dismissal is not lost on either side of the aisle. We will continue caring for our suffering communities while exercising strong oversight of the trillions of dollars we invested in COVID-19 relief for families and workers to get our nation through this crisis.”