The White House’s Ebola czar is “off to a bad start” after declining an invitation to testify before the House Oversight Committee, Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) said Wednesday.
“He’s on the job as of today — why not come talk to the American people in the Congress, answer questions from both Republicans and Democrats on Friday?” Chaffetz said during an interview with Fox News.
“I don’t know. We’re off to a bad start.”
Ron Klain, Vice President Biden’s former chief of staff and the administration’s new Ebola czar, assumed his new duties Wednesday at the White House.
His first day includes an afternoon meeting with President Obama as well as sessions with White House staff and administration teams managing the response to Ebola in the U.S. and abroad.
Chaffetz said that the need for Klain to testify was greater because “this is something that everybody in the country is thinking about.”
“We have questions as to whether or not he should be in that spot, but what about the budget, what about the response, what about all these other agencies that are set up to deal with this?” Chaffetz continued. “They are some very basic questions, but why not come answer these questions?”