Discussions underway on 9/11-style commission on COVID-19 response

Posted at 1:10 PM, Apr 01, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-01 13:10:50-04

(LEX 18) — A powerful member of Congress has begun drafting legislation to form a commission to review America's response to the coronavirus outbreak.

House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff announced on Twitter that he's begun writing a bill to form a 9/11-style review commission.

Schiff says the work would begin after the current crisis subsides.

NBC News reported Tuesday that preliminary discussions are underway, mostly among Congressional Democrats about forming a review. The review would look at the Trump Administration's response, and how America can be better prepared for future health threats.

NBC reports that some lawmakers have suggested putting off any investigation until after November's Presidential Election.

The bipartisan 9/11 Commission was created by legislation signed into law by President George W. Bush to review the government's preparedness for and response to the 2001 terrorist attacks.