Indian Americans in key congressional committees


(L-R) Pramila Jayapal, Raja Krishnamoorthi (Image Source: Twitter/ Pramila Jayapal & Raja Krishnamoorthi)

Rep Pramila Jayapal (D-Washington) was appointed to the House Budget Committee and Rep Raja Krishnamoorthi (D-Illinois) to the Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis. 

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Tuesday named Indian American lawmakers Pramila Jayapal and Raja Krishnamoorthi to key congressional committees on budget and the Covid-19 pandemic. Jayapal was appointed to the powerful budget committee while Krishnamoorthi was named to a key congressional committee on the coronavirus crisis. 

Jayapal was named as a member of the House Budget Committee that plays a vital role in the passage of the budget. Congressman John Yarmuth is chair of the House Budget Committee. Jayapal is the first Indian American woman to be elected to the US House of Representatives and is leading the effort on $15 per hour as minimum wage.

The Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis was formed to oversee the US government’s Covid-19 pandemic response. Krishnamoorthi said: “I am honored to join Chairman Clyburn and our colleagues on this panel to provide vital oversight of the federal coronavirus response to protect the health and safety of the American people as we defeat the pandemic and rebuild our economy.”

Krishnamoorthi also said that he is eager to work with members of both parties to make sure that “trillions of dollars in taxpayer funds dedicated” to the country’s response to “this pandemic and its economic impacts are used as efficiently, transparently and effectively as possible.”

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