House Democrats have blocked an attempt by House Republicans to look into coronavirus origins.
According to The Washington Free Beacon:
Top House Democrats voted against a Republican-led effort to compel the World Health Organization to conduct a “transparent investigation on the origins of COVID-19.”
All but one of the 33 Democrats on the House Appropriations Committee voted down an amendment introduced by Rep. Ben Cline (R., Va.), which would have withheld U.S. funding to the WHO “until the Secretary of State certifies that the WHO has conducted a transparent investigation on the origins of COVID-19 and implemented regulatory changes to improve transparency and international cooperation.”
The vote came as GOP lawmakers expressed serious concerns over a WHO investigation into COVID-19’s origins. Chinese officials delayed the study for months and secured veto rights over its participants, according to the Wall Street Journal. After completing the probe, the WHO initially suggested that a follow-up study was unnecessary, and while the agency went on to reverse course, China on Thursday rejected its plan for a second investigation. The Trump administration in May 2020 decided to leave the WHO over its “China-centric” virus response, but President Joe Biden halted the withdrawal in January.
Rep. Ashley Hinson (R., Iowa), who voted in favor of the provision, called the accountability push “necessary to prevent another pandemic from reaching our shores at the hands of the CCP and due to the WHO’s negligence.”
This begs the question, what are they hiding?