China ‘must be held accountable for lies’

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) is taking intention at Democrats’ dealing with of China coverage, arguing that the Biden administration must take a stronger place to carry the communist nation accountable for its position within the COVID-19 pandemic and its humanitarian abuses. 

The California Republican charged that Democrats have did not work throughout the aisle, noting they opted out of the GOP’s China Task pressure which was initially slated to be bipartisan final yr, whereas highlighting his eight-point plan to deal with the matter. 

“[China] must be held accountable for their lies. Yet, the president of the United States has refused to take any action. The Democrat majority in this House has refused to take any action,” he mentioned at a press convention on Wednesday. 

“What’s even worse is this administration sent more than $200 million to the World Health Organization, not asking for reform, not asking why they lied, and not asking why they allowed China to influence them. Then in their budget [they] proposed more than $100 million more. And Democrats in this Congress spent the last year allowing China to lie.”

United States House Minority Whip Steve Scalise
United States House Minority Whip Steve Scalise mentioned Republicans on the Select Subcommittee on Coronavirus will maintain a listening to with specialists subsequent week on the matter.
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McCarthy is asking for motion together with investigations into the origins of the virus, the declassification of data associated to the pandemic and for the relocation of the 2022 Olympic winter video games. His proposal additionally consists of language to bar the National Institutes of Health from funding for “malevolent foreign governments,” a probe and overhaul of the World Health Organization, visa restrictions and sanctions and for waiving Chinese sovereign immunity. 

“The first thing we’re going to do to hold China accountable is declassify intelligence information so the entire world was not just America. And the basis should be since the world suffered completely with this and every nation, we should all know the same information. We should stop gain of function with China, so it never repeats again,” he advised reporters. 

“Other nations should know that, too, so they stop as well. We should prohibit NIH from funding, even in the other bad countries — think about Iran, North Korea — what they would do with any of these grants rather. We need to overhaul the World Health Organization, that just didn’t harm America that harmed the entire world by lying in the process with Chinese control. We need to restrict the visas. And yes, we need to impose sanctions so they feel the pain of what they have done”

He added that he believes holding the Olympics in Beijing would be a “reward” for a rustic that withheld crucial data some consider might have confirmed to be instrumental in stopping the unfold of coronavirus on the world stage. 

Republicans have been vocal of their calls to look into the origins of the virus within the wake of GOP lawmakers initially coming below fireplace for speculating the lethal virus might have originated within the Wuhan lab. 

“There should be hearings right now in all the committees of jurisdiction should be having hearings into the origin of COVID-19, yet for some mysterious reason Speaker [Nancy] Pelosi (D-Calif.) continues to refuse to hold those hearings to hold China accountable,” House Minority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) mentioned. 

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy charged that Democrats have did not work throughout the aisle.
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“Why would Speaker Pelosi want to cover up for China’s role in the origin of this virus, especially when every day that goes by, makes it harder and harder to get all of the facts that may be available.”

Scalise added that Republicans on the Select Subcommittee on Coronavirus are slated to carry a listening to with specialists subsequent week on the matter. 

“We’ve already invited a number of top scientists. Some have accepted. I hope all ultimately come and accept,” he mentioned. “We’re also going to have some of our colleagues who have been investigating different aspects of the origin. It’s long past time for Congress to thoroughly investigate the origins of COVID-19.”

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