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Former Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Joseph Dunford has withdrawn his name from consideration to chair a coronavirus oversight panel created by the March relief package.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, Schumer slam Trump executive orders, call for GOP to come back to negotiating table Trump signs executive orders after coronavirus relief talks falter Sunday shows preview: White House, congressional Democrats unable to breach stalemate over coronavirus relief MORE (D-Calif.) and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellTrump signs executive orders after coronavirus relief talks falter Coronavirus deal key to Republicans protecting Senate majority Coronavirus talks collapse as negotiators fail to reach deal 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But Dunford has withdrawn his name, two sources familiar confirmed to The Hill.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 SchumerPelosi, Schumer slam Trump executive orders, call for GOP to come back to negotiating table Sunday shows preview: White House, congressional Democrats unable to breach stalemate over coronavirus relief Postal Service says it lost .2 billion over three-month period MORE (D-N.Y.) and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthyKevin Owen McCarthySunday shows preview: White House, congressional Democrats unable to breach stalemate over coronavirus relief A trillion stimulus, but Kevin McCarthy for renewable energy — leading businesses want to change that When will telling the truth in politics matter again? 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 ToomeyDunford withdraws from consideration to chair coronavirus oversight panel GOP senators push for quick, partial reopening of economy NSA improperly collected US phone records in October, new documents show MORE (R-Pa.), Reps. Donna ShalalaDonna Edna ShalalaExclusive: Democrats seek to increase racial diversity of pandemic relief oversight board The Hill's Coronavirus Report: Rep. Fred Upton says it is 'tragic' to see Americans reject masks, social distancing; Russia claims it will approve COVID-19 vaccine by mid-August The Hill's Coronavirus Report: Former HHS Secretary Sebelius gives Trump administration a D in handling pandemic; Oxford, AstraZeneca report positive dual immunity results from early vaccine trial MORE (D-Fla.) and French HillJames (French) French HillExclusive: Democrats seek to increase racial diversity of pandemic relief oversight board Dunford withdraws from consideration to chair coronavirus oversight panel PPP application deadline should be extended and fixes made to program to keep recovery going MORE (R-Ark.), and Bharat Ramamurti, a former aide to Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenBiden campaign says no VP pick yet after bike trail quip Biden edges closer to VP pick: Here's who's up and who's down Democratic convention lineup to include Ocasio-Cortez, Clinton, Warren: reports 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.