Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) and more than a dozen other GOP lawmakers introduced a bill on Tuesday that would sanction Beijing for its “continued obstruction of a COVID origins investigation.”
Rubio said in a statement:
For two years, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has stonewalled all efforts to uncover the true origins of COVID-19. We know the virus originated in China, however, the CCP’s attempts to obfuscate the truth has led to countless deaths and needless suffering worldwide. It is clear that Beijing will only respond to concerted pressure from the United States and the international community. My bill will force the CCP to the table.
The bill reportedly builds off of Rubio’s previously proposed COVID Act of 2021 by adding more sanctions again Chinese officials “who were involved in concealing the initial outbreak of COVID-19 in China from the international community…” according to his office.
The legislation would authorize sanctions 90 days after its enactment if the CCP fails to allow a “credible and comprehensive international investigation” into the origins of coronavirus at Wuhan laboratories that “engaged in risky research involving bat coronaviruses.”