Former Joint Chiefs Chair Dunford withdraws consideration to lead $500B COVID-19 relief commission

Former Joint Chiefs Chair Dunford withdraws consideration to lead $500B COVID-19 relief commission


Former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Joseph Dunford withdrew his name from consideration to lead a congressionally-mandated panel that oversees the implementation of a $500 billion COVID-19 relief package.

The pandemic stimulus package was approved in March and established the five-member commission to report back to Congress on how the funds are being spent.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, California Democrat, and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Kentucky Republican, had considered Gen. Dunford as a top candidate to lead the group.

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Sen. Pat Toomey, Pennsylvania Republican; Reps. Donna Shalala, Florida Democrat and French Hill, Arkansas Republican; and Bharat Ramamurti, a lawyer and former political adviser to Sen. Elizabeth Warren, were selected to serve on the panel following the package’s approval and have since issued two reports without a chairman.

The retired four-star general reportedly pulled himself from consideration citing concerns that his role in the panel would conflict with other commitments. In January, Lockheed Martin confirmed that

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