WASHINGTON, D.C. – Following an announcement from the Biden administration that the U.S. would be rejoining the World Health Organization (WHO), U.S. Senator Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) and U.S. Representative Elise Stefanik (R-N.Y.) announced plans to reintroduce their resolution calling for an international investigation into the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) cover-up of the COVID-19 outbreak. The WHO has allowed Beijing to dictate the terms of the investigation and stated their intention is “not about finding China guilty.”
Originally introduced in March 2020, Senator Hawley’s resolution also calls on Beijing to make restitution to all those nations who have suffered on account of its lies. U.S. Representative Elise Stefanik (R-N.Y.) introduced companion legislation in the House.
Senator Hawley said, “It has been one year since the first confirmed COVID-19 case in the U.S. and China continues to stonewall any credible investigation into the origins of this deadly pandemic. Meanwhile, the World Health Organization, which President Biden has praised, has shown itself to be, at best, incompetent and, at worst, a pawn of the Chinese Communist Party. We must redouble our efforts to understand how CCP negligence unleashed a global pandemic and hold them accountable.”
Congresswoman Stefanik said, “As the leader of the free world, President Joe Biden has the power to demand answers from the World Health Organization (WHO) as to why they promoted Chinese misinformation about the global COVID-19 pandemic that ultimately led to profound economic and human wreckage in hundreds of countries, including the loss of more than 400,000 American lives. Instead, President Biden made the illogical decision to rejoin the WHO without repercussions or demands for critical reforms. President Biden must stand up for the American people, and hold tax-payer funded, global organizations like the WHO responsible when America’s interests are being ignored.