(PatriotWise.com)- A bipartisan group of House members last week introduced a bill designed to put an end to all taxpayer-funding for “gain of function” research over the next five years.
Introduced by Congressmen Mike Gallagher (R-WI), Buddy Carter (R-GA) and Henry Cuellar (D-TX), the Pausing Enhanced Pandemic Pathogen Research Act comes on the heels of the explosive reporting in The Intercept revealing that, despite Dr. Anthony Fauci’s repeated claims to the contrary, the United States was providing federal funding to the Wuhan Institute of Virology’s “gain of function” research.
This bill, introduced on Friday, was quickly endorsed by the White Coat Waste Project – a nonpartisan taxpayer watchdog group that has been calling for a pause on “gain of function” for months now.
Justice Goodman, VP for the White Coast Waste Project, said on Friday that a freeze on funding would protect both American taxpayers and global health. In April 2021, the group conducted a survey with Lincoln Park Strategies that revealed 55 percent of Americans want to defund “gain of function” research – with majority support crossing party lines.
In his statement on the bill, Congressman Buddy Carter hammered Dr. Anthony Fauci, saying despite knowing the dangers inherent in “gain of function” research, Fauci and the National Institute of Health continued to fund it.
With the evidence mounting that COVID-19 originated from the Wuhan lab with research funded in part by American taxpayers, Carter continued, Congress must “double down on our efforts to prevent irresponsible research and protect our communities from future pandemics.”
However, this bill does not impose a permanent ban on this dangerous research. Instead, it will only pause the use of taxpayer funding for “gain of function” research until proper safety standards are put in place.
Congressman Mike Gallagher, who called on Dr. Fauci to resign after the Intercept story broke, believes that Congress, at a minimum, should halt all funding at least until the US has a better understanding of the role “gain of function” played in the outbreak of this pandemic.
That is the bare minimum. In reality, it would be far more effective if the legislation also permanently prohibited Chinese researchers from receiving any US taxpayer funding.
Whether or not Speaker Pelosi brings this legislation up for a vote remains to be seen. The Democrat-controlled Congress is the place where any legislation that doesn’t increase the national debt and expand the welfare state goes to die.