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Former Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Joseph Dunford has withdrawn his name from consideration to chair a coronavirus oversight panel created by the March relief package.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 PelosiPelosi mocks House GOP looking for 'non-threatening female' to replace Liz Cheney Caitlyn Jenner: California needs a 'thoughtful disruptor' Schumer 'exploring' passing immigration unilaterally if talks unravel MORE (D-Calif.) and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellSchumer works to balance a divided caucus's demands Lobbying world The Memo: Biden moves into new phase of COVID-19 fight 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But Dunford has withdrawn his name, two sources familiar confirmed to The Hill.


"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 SchumerOn The Money: How demand is outstripping supply and hampering recovery | Montana pulls back jobless benefits | Yellen says higher rates may be necessary Senate Democrats announce B clean bus plan NYC 24-hour subway service resumes May 17 MORE (D-N.Y.) and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthyKevin McCarthyThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Emergent BioSolutions - House GOP drama intensifies; BIden sets new vax goal Second-ranking House GOP leader backs ouster of Cheney Five takeaways on the House's return to budget earmarks 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 ToomeySasse rebuked by Nebraska Republican Party over impeachment vote Philly GOP commissioner on censures: 'I would suggest they censure Republican elected officials who are lying' Toomey censured by several Pennsylvania county GOP committees over impeachment vote MORE (R-Pa.), Reps. Donna ShalalaDonna Edna ShalalaCrist launches bid for Florida governor, seeking to recapture his old job Biden under pressure to spell out Cuba policy It's time for a second Conference on Food, Nutrition and Health MORE (D-Fla.) and French HillJames (French) French HillIn 'restoring America's soul,' Biden can become a hero for the persecuted Build back nuclear Republicans rally to keep Cheney in power MORE (R-Ark.), and Bharat Ramamurti, a former aide to Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenSchumer works to balance a divided caucus's demands DNC gathers opposition research on over 20 potential GOP presidential candidates Warren book reflects on losing 2020 bid: 'Painful' 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.