Sen. Marsha Blackburn and Tom Cotton are leading efforts for a Senate resolution that condemns the Chinese government for not taking responsibility or being transparent about the dangers of COVID-19 when the worldwide pandemic first began.
“Chinese officials destroyed early COVID-19 test kits, suppressed information and refused international assistance,” Blackburn, R-Tenn., said in a press release about the legislation.
“The Communist Party is so petrified of the truth that they kicked out journalists and fabricated a story of where the virus originated. It’s time the Communist Party admits to the serious missteps that heightened the severity and spread of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.”
“The Chinese Communist Party wasted precious weeks on a cynical cover-up instead of containing the China virus at its epicenter,” said Cotton, R-Ark. “Our first priority after protecting Americans must be holding China accountable for unleashing this plague on the world.”
Their resolution is a companion measure to one introduced in the House by Rep. Jim Banks, R-Ind., and Seth Moulton, D-Mass.
“As the Chinese Communist Party pushes propaganda and lies to try and blame the United States for coronavirus, we need to make the case to the world that China is ultimately responsible for this outbreak,” Banks said. “I hope this begins a conversation about how China can be held accountable for their negligent coronavirus response.”
The proposed Senate resolution calls on China’s government to publicly state there is no evidence COVID-19 started anywhere else; to denounce a conspiracy theory that the U.S. military put the virus in Wuhan; to revoke the expulsion of American journalists; end the detainment of Uyghur Muslims and other minorities and to end all forced labor programs, among other matters.