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Dunford withdraws from consideration to chair coronavirus oversight panel

Dunford withdraws from consideration to chair coronavirus oversight panel
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Former Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Joseph Dunford has withdrawn his name from consideration to chair a coronavirus oversight panel created by the March relief package.

House Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiVoters want a strong economy and leadership, Democrats should listen On The Money: Biden to nominate Yellen for Treasury secretary | 'COVID cliff' looms | Democrats face pressure to back smaller stimulus Democrats face increasing pressure to back smaller COVID-19 stimulus MORE (D-Calif.) and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellFeinstein to step down as top Democrat on Judiciary Committee Voters want a strong economy and leadership, Democrats should listen On The Money: Biden to nominate Yellen for Treasury secretary | 'COVID cliff' looms | Democrats face pressure to back smaller stimulus MORE (R-Ky.) were looking at Dunford to head the five-member congressional commission to oversee pandemic relief.

But Dunford has withdrawn his name, two sources familiar confirmed to The Hill.

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"Ultimately, General Dunford decided his service on the CARES Commission was incompatible with his other commitments," a source said.

Under the structure established by the March coronavirus bill, each of the four congressional leaders — Pelosi, McConnell, Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerChuck SchumerUS national security policy in the 117th Congress and a new administration Voters say Biden should make coronavirus vaccine a priority: poll New York City subway service could be slashed 40 percent, officials warn MORE (D-N.Y.) and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthyKevin Owen McCarthyRichmond says GOP 'reluctant to stand up and tell the emperor he wears no clothes' Sunday shows preview: Biden transition, COVID-19 spike in spotlight Drastic cuts proposed to Medicare would hurt health care quality MORE (R-Calif.) — name an individual to serve on the commission.

The Congressional Oversight Commission was created to oversee a $500 billion Treasury and Federal Reserve Fund created under the March bill. Sen. Pat ToomeyPatrick (Pat) Joseph ToomeyAppeals court rules NSA's bulk phone data collection illegal Dunford withdraws from consideration to chair coronavirus oversight panel GOP senators push for quick, partial reopening of economy MORE (R-Pa.), Reps. Donna ShalalaDonna Edna ShalalaFive House Democrats who could join Biden Cabinet GOP congresswoman-elect wants to form Republican 'Squad' called 'The Force' Florida Democrat breaks down loss: 'It's not just about socialism' MORE (D-Fla.) and French HillJames (French) French HillDemocrats projected to retain House majority Live updates: Democrats seek to extend House advantage Cook Political Report shifts 8 more House races toward Democrats MORE (R-Ark.), and Bharat Ramamurti, a former aide to Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenOn The Money: Biden to nominate Yellen for Treasury secretary | 'COVID cliff' looms | Democrats face pressure to back smaller stimulus Biden to nominate Janet Yellen as Treasury secretary: report Bottom line MORE (D-Mass.), were selected to serve on the panel.

Pelosi and McConnell then have to agree on a fifth person to chair the commission.

The Washington Post first reported late last month that Dunford was under consideration as Pelosi and McConnell tried to find an individual who would be acceptable to both parties, with the coronavirus aid growing increasingly political in recent months.