A group of U.S. House lawmakers, led by Rep. Jim Banks (R-Ind.) and Rep. Seth Moulton (D-Mass.), have introduced a bipartisan resolution condemning the Chinese regime over its handling of the CCP Virus, which allowed the virus to become a pandemic.
The resolution, launched on Tuesday, March 24, argued that the Chinese regime had made multiple, serious mistakes in the early stages of the CCP Virus outbreak that heightened the severity and spread the ongoing virus pandemic, Fox News reported.
The lawmakers blamed the Chinese regime led by its ruling Communist Party, for the “intentional spread of misinformation to downplay the risks of the virus, a refusal to cooperate with international health authorities, internal censorship of doctors and journalists, and malicious disregard for the health of ethnic minorities.”
The resolution suggests that Chinese Communist Party was aware of a CCP Virus strain in mid-December, with multiple doctors raising the alarm among the Chinese medical community before the new year, but its authorities muzzled those doctors.
China’s National Health Commission publicly denied the CCP Virus was person-to-person transmissible until Jan. 15, despite having uncovered contrary evidence in late December and being alerted of the transmissibility of the virus on Jan. 1.
U.S. lawmakers also condemn the Chinese regime for its treatment of Uighur Muslims, a religious minority from which U.S. government officials believe China has rounded up between 800,000 and 2 million people, placing them in re-education camps that function largely as forced labor camps.
The group of House representatives who signed on the resolution also includes Reps. Kevin Hern (R-Okla.), Austin Scott (R-Ga.), Trent Kelly (R-Miss.), Brian Babin (R-Texas), Barry Loudermilk (R-Ga.), Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.), Greg Steube (R-Fla.), Larry Bucshon (R-Ind.), Mike Rogers (R-Ala.), Dan Crenshaw (R-Texas), Mike Gallagher (R-Wis.), Kelly Armstrong (R-N.D.), Guy Reschenthaler (R-Pa.), Michael Waltz (R-Fla.), and Jason Smith (R-Mo.).
Banks said in a tweet on Tuesday morning that the bipartisan resolution in the House “condemns the Chinese Communist Party for their unacceptable response to #coronavirus that allowed this to become a pandemic.”
Proud to work with @SethMoulton to introduce a bipartisan resolution in the House today that condemns the Chinese Communist Party for their unacceptable response to #coronavirus that allowed this to become a pandemic. Read about it here:
— Jim Banks (@RepJimBanks) March 24, 2020
Hern accused the Chinese Communist Party of not only “misleading the world on #Covid19 [CCP Virus], but pushing blame on the U.S. with a propaganda campaign.”
Proud to join @RepJimBanks @sethmoulton & a bipartisan coalition in the House as a cosponsor of this resolution condemning the Chinese Communist Party not only for misleading the world on #Covid19, but pushing blame on the US with a propaganda campaign.https://t.co/SlIvkYuRJX
— Kevin Hern (@repkevinhern) March 24, 2020
Waltz said, “Thousands of lives could have been saved if #China’s government hadn’t withheld information about #coronavirus. The #CCP is wildly irresponsible—and the world is paying for it.”
— Rep. Michael Waltz (@RepMichaelWaltz) March 24, 2020
Since emerging in Wuhan, China, in December, the CCP Virus has infected 398,000 people across the globe and killed more than 17,400 people worldwide as of March 24, according to Johns Hopkins University.
The United States has more than 46,500 diagnosed cases. The virus has spread to every state as well as the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico, claiming the lives of at least 592 people in the country.