House introduces two bills that allow the families of US COVID victims to sue China and establish a 9/11 style commission on the origin of the virus
- MPs are expected to submit two new COVID-related bills on Friday
- One that would enable victims’ families to sue China and other countries’ who deliberately misled the international community in the outbreak ‘
- A second would set up a 9/11-style committee to investigate the origins of the pandemic
- The commission would make recommendations on what the US needed to produce at home to avoid future supply shortages
- Both bills are supported by a twofold group of legislators
Members of the House are expected to submit two new COVID-related bills, one that would allow the victims’ families to sue China and another that would set up a 9/11-style committee to investigate the origins of the pandemic .
Fox News reported Friday that Democratic Rep. Conor Lamb and Republican Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick, both from Pennsylvania, will release the Never Again International Outbreak Prevention Act, which will quash China’s sovereign immunity from lawsuits.
The bill also targets other countries “that deliberately misled the international community in the outbreak.”
Pennsylvania Reps. Brian Fitzpatrick (left), a Republican, and Conor Lamb (right), a Democrat, introduce legislation that would allow COVID-19 victims to sue China and other countries that ‘deliberately misled the international community in the outbreak’
Chinese virologist Shi Zhengli (left) is seen in the laboratory in Wuhan, China. The White House said on Wednesday that US intelligence services are divided over their beliefs about the origin of COVID-19, with some officials believing it to have escaped from a laboratory.
A second bill, the Made in America Emergency Preparedness Act, had also been tabled by Fitzpatrick at the last congress.
He will be joined by four additional Republicans and five Democrats for the version presented in this Congress.
The bill would form a 9/11 style bipartisan committee that would look at the origins of COVID-19 and the US response, Fox said.
It would be responsible for making recommendations to the White House and Congress as to which supplies should be US-made to combat a future physical or medical national disaster.
A shortage of personal protective equipment at the start of the pandemic last year adversely affected the ability of medical workers to safely care for infected Americans.
“In response to this current crisis, we should never again be caught off guard, unable to protect our communities,” said a press release announcing the bill. “We should never again see nearly 600,000 American lives lost at risk and everyday life turned upside down.”
Fitzpatrick sent out a strongly worded statement on Monday – even before the White House shared information about bachelor, saying the U.S. intelligence community could not come to an agreement on the origin of the virus – urging “ we need answers now. ”
The intelligence community is divided as to whether COVID-19 originated naturally, traveled from animal to human, or escaped from a Wuhan lab.
There are strong reasons to believe that false reporting and cover-ups about the true origin of the coronavirus have taken place. We deserve answers. Whether it’s hell or high tide, I won’t stop until we get them, ”said the Pennsylvania Republican.