Two Republican lawmakers in the House and Senate on Thursday, April 16, introduced legislation to hold China accountable for the CCP Virus (coronavirus), allowing Americans to sue the communist regime for damages caused by the pandemic.
Under the bill, which was introduced by Rep. Dan Crenshaw (R-Texas) and Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.), Americans would sue the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) in federal court by amending the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act.
“By silencing doctors and journalists who tried to warn the world about the coronavirus, the Chinese Communist Party allowed the virus to spread quickly around the globe. Their decision to cover up the virus led to thousands of needless deaths and untold economic harm. It’s only appropriate that we hold the Chinese government accountable for the damage it has caused,” Cotton said in a statement.
As noted in the bill, China silenced doctors who tried to sound early alarm about the virus, ordered the destruction of laboratory samples and research on the virus, and detained and silenced researchers, journalists, and citizens who tried to share information about the virus that would not align with the CCP’s response to the outbreak.
“Chinese Government officials have intentionally underreported or altered official numbers of COVID–19 infections and deaths in China, leading world health experts to make flawed analyses that severely underestimated the nature and seriousness of COVID–19,” read the bill.
“Academic studies have shown that, had appropriate interventions occurred to stop the spread of COVID–19 even just weeks earlier, the spread of COVID–19 would have been severely curtailed,” it added.
Since it began in Wuhan in December 2019, the virus has thus far infected more than 2 million people worldwide and caused 160,434 deaths. The United States has almost 737,000 confirmed cases and 38,920 deaths as of Saturday.
The CCP has been under scrutiny for it attempt to coverup the outbreak at its early stages and lies about its number of cases and deaths cause by the virus. On Friday, the Chinese regime suddenly increased by more than 1,200 the number of deaths in the city of Wuhan, correcting by more than 50% the previous report.
Meanwhile, the Chinese consulate-general in Chicago sent letters to the head of the Wisconsin state Senate asking him to propose a resolution to praise China for being “transparent and quick in sharing key information of the virus” and its “effective” handling of the outbreak, reported the National Review.
“I was like ‘Screw this, we are passing a resolution on China, but it’s not going to be the one that the Chinese Communist Party wanted, we’re going to give them one that really strips naked the Communist Party of China for all of its aggressions and lets the world hopefully see, at least the people in Wisconsin see, what this regime is really capable of,’” State Senate President Roger Roth told National Review.