By now it is clear that the Chinese government is, at minimum, responsible for the coronavirus being as bad as it is: they knew about it, they chose to hide it from the world. For this reason, it ought to be easy for politically divided America to come together and to hold China accountable. But, it hasn’t been, and the Democrats continue to be the problem.
Breitbart reports that House Republicans have proposed a bill that would hold accountable those Chinese officials who ordered the coronavirus to be covered. But according to Rep. John Curtis (R-UT), the lead on the bill, Nancy Pelosi and House Democrats are refusing to support the bill.
“We need to be bipartisan as we deal with China,” Curtis said during a recent interview on SiriusXM 125 the Patriot Channel. “The Democrats have chosen not to join us … we’ve got this China taskforce, and they won’t join us on that, and it’s one of the most important issues facing the country right now.”
House Republicans doing what they can
The China taskforce referred to by Curtis was created back in early May. House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) made the announcement that a group of House Republicans would be taking the lead on identifying and combating threats from China.
One of the things that the task force has been studying is the Chinese government’s handling of the coronavirus, and they have made a number of findings, which have become the impetus for Curtis’ House resolution.
The two most important findings listed in the bill are that China withheld knowledge that the coronavirus was “person-to-person transmissible” and that China swiftly silenced those in the scientific community who tried to get the word out.
“This China task force is going to lay out in a couple of weeks all of our findings,” Curtis said. “I think the American people will be both impressed and a little bit worried about what’s ahead of us.”
Democrats being Democrats
Now that Republicans have made these findings, they want to hold those responsible Chinese officials accountable. This is the point of Curtis’ bill.
It would “authorize the imposition of sanctions with respect to the deliberate concealment or distortion of information about public health emergencies of international concern, and for other purposes.”
Breitbart further reports:
[The bill] would also authorize sanctions for any Chinese] ‘government official, or a senior associate of such an official, that is responsible for, or complicit in, ordering, controlling, or otherwise directing, or financially benefits from, acts intended to deliberately conceal or distort information, including through forced detentions or disappearances of per- sons, about a public health emergency of international concern, including COVID-19’ or any Chinese official who ‘has materially assisted, sponsored, or provided financial, material, or technological support for, or goods or services in support of” acts that involve covering up the pandemic.
The sanctions would prevent these officials from ever entering the United States and they would also target these officials financially. It should be so easy for Americans of whatever political persuasion to come together on this bill. But, just like with the task force, House Democrats, following House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), will not get on board.
The question that all Americans must ask themselves is “why?” Why is it so hard for Pelosi and other Democrats in this country to hold accountable China for its indisputable malfeasance? It’s what we also need to ask Democratic senators and representatives, and they better have a good answer because, right now, it just looks like they are openly supporting an increasingly hostile communist regime whose goal is to undermine our country.