Congress Introduces Bills to Defund Wuhan Animal Lab

Rep. Scott Perry and Sen. Joni Ernst, both Republicans, have introduced legislation to defund the Wuhan animal lab.

The Defund the Wuhan Institute of Virology Act would prohibit taxpayer funding for the institution’s dangerous animal experiments, including the coronavirus experiments on bats and mice.

Taxpayer watchdog White Coat Waste Project first exposed and cut NIH funding for the Wuhan lab’s dangerous coronavirus gain-of-function experiments on animals.

The organization has also uncovered how WIV, EcoHealth, and the NIH violated a federal gain-of-function funding ban, and how NIH has allowed the Wuhan lab to remain eligible for more taxpayer funding, specifically for animal tests.

“As the group that first exposed and ended the NIH’s reckless funding of the rogue Wuhan animal lab, we applaud Sen. Ernst and Rep. Perry for introducing commonsense legislation to defund this CCP-run facility whose dangerous coronavirus experiments on animals likely caused the pandemic,” Tristan Daedalus, Government Affairs Director, White Coat Waste Project, told the Gateway Pundit.

“Our investigations since early 2020 have uncovered how the Wuhan lab wasted U.S. tax dollars on risky gain-of-function animal experiments in violation of a federal funding ban,” Daedalus continued. “The Wuhan lab has also refused to turn over records related to the animal experiments funded by U.S. tax dollars, deleted its public virus database, and otherwise obstructed investigations into COVIDs origins.”

Daedalus added, “yet, we’ve discovered that the NIH has inexplicably allowed the Wuhan lab to remain eligible for even more tax money, specifically for animal experiments. The House and Senate both passed legislation last Congress to defund the Wuhan animal lab, and it’s past time to cut it off once and for all. Taxpayers should not be forced to bankroll white coats in Wuhan who waste money, break the law, abuse animals, and place public health in peril. Stop the money. Stop the madness!”

Rep. Perry first introduced the Defund WIV Act in 2021.

The House and Senate passed bills to defund WIV with bipartisan support last year, but neither even made it to President Joe Biden’s desk to be signed into law.


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