House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-CA) had an interesting interpretation of safety guidelines as he addressed the U.S. House Small Business Committee on Thursday.
Schiff wore a mask, but strapped it under his chin instead of over his face while he made remarks on the House floor during debate on a third coronavirus relief bill, Breitbart reported.
Take a look at video of the incident, courtesy of Breitbart:
Schiff voices concerns
After Schiff spoke, he applied sanitizer to his hands and left the hearing while it was still in progress, Breitbart reported. Some House members wore masks while they spoke on the floor, and others took them off during their remarks, according to Breitbart.
During his own two-minute address at the hearing, Schiff expressed doubt that the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) would be able to help small businesses as intended, even if it received additional funding. About $250 million of the nearly $350 billion originally allotted for the program, created as part of legislation passed by Congress late last month, ended up going to publicly traded businesses, according to CNBC.
Some larger businesses managed to qualify for the program because they had fewer than 500 employees per location. Shake Shack, one company criticized for accepting the funds, has since returned the $10 million it received under the program, according to Forbes.
Schiff ultimately voted for the bill to refund the PPP even though he spoke out against it. The Wall Street Journal reported that Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York was the only Democrat to voted against the measure.
Another investigation in the works
While the pandemic is far from over, Schiff signaled earlier this month that he is already planning to investigate President Donald Trump’s response to early coronavirus-related intelligence.
“When did the intelligence community first start reporting this?” he asked, describing the scope of the House Intelligence Committee’s probe, according to the Washington Examiner. “What were they telling us, frankly, about the danger of pandemics even before this one? What did they first observe going on in China? When did this first make its way into the president’s daily brief — or get briefed to Congress?”
What was Schiff doing as Trump was trying to decide whether to close the nation’s borders to China? Oh yeah, he was pondering whether to call more witnesses in the House after it already passed impeachment articles.
Maybe Schiff should look into whether China misled America about how serious the coronavirus was in the days before it became a pandemic. But that doesn’t help him attack Trump, so apparently, it’s not worth investigating.