Lawmakers will also “finally get answers about the origins of Covid and federal government research … that contributed to the pandemic,” McCarthy said in a statement announcing the nominations.
Greene, who became an ally of the California Republican in his bid for the presidency but still holds a megaphone with the party’s right flank, is among the Republicans securing a seat on the subcommittee. It’s the latest high-profile boost for Greene, who was stripped of her committee assignments by Democrats and a dozen Republicans because of her inflammatory rhetoric.
But Republican leaders pledged to reinstate her on the committees if they won a majority. McCarthy gave him other top positions, including a seat on the Oversight Committee and the Homeland Security Committee. Rep. James Comer (R-Ky.), who leads the oversight committee, which will house the select subcommittee, also pledged to conduct investigations into the coronavirus and pandemic-era aid poured into part of several coronavirus relief bills that totaled trillions of dollars.
The other Republicans on the committee will include representatives. Nicole Malliotakis (RN.Y.), Marianne Miller Meeks (R-Iowa), Debbie Lesko (R-Arizona), Michael Cloud (R-Texas), John Joyce (R-Pa.) Ronny Jackson (R-Texas) and Rich McCormick (R-Ga).
Democrats have yet to appoint their own members to the subcommittee.