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Tulsi Gabbard

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Tulsi Gabbard

Sending Office: Honorable Tulsi Gabbard
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Isabela.B@mail.house.gov

Dear Colleague,

Please join us in urging House and Senate leadership to ensure that no COVID-19 stimulus funds are sent to China’s controversial bio-agent laboratory the Wuhan Institute of Virology (WIV).

Like many of you, we were troubled to learn that the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) has been funding secretive laboratory research—including dangerous coronavirus research on infected bats from the caves where COVID-19 may have originated—at the
WIV for many years. WIV—which handles extremely deadly pathogens and biological agents—is currently authorized by the NIH to continue receiving taxpayer funding.

Reports also now indicate that U.S. State Department officials who visited WIV expressed grave concerns about safety issues and warned of the risk of a pandemic specifically related to the lab’s treacherous coronavirus research on bats.

Taxpayers’ money—especially COVID-19 stimulus funds—should not be sent to a dangerous Chinese state-run bio-agent laboratory that lacks any meaningful oversight from U.S. authorities and is run by adversaries with a history of lab leaks and deception about
the causes and extent of deadly disease outbreaks.

To sign the letter, please email Devin Murphy with Rep. Gaetz (devin.murphy@mail.house.gov) and Ed Kim (edward_kim@mcsally.senate.gov) with Sen. McSally.

This letter is closing at 5pm Monday 4/20/20.

Sincerely,

MATT GAETZ                                                           MARTHA McSALLY

Member of Congress                                                  U.S. Senator

 

April XX, 2020

The Honorable Nancy Pelosi
Speaker

U.S. House of Representatives

H-232, U.S. Capitol
Washington, DC 20515

 

The Honorable Mitchell McConnell
Majority Leader

U.S. Senate

S-230, U.S. Capitol
Washington, DC 20510

 

The Honorable Kevin McCarthy
Minority Leader

U.S. House of Representatives

H-204, U.S. Capitol
Washington, DC 20515

The Honorable Charles Schumer
Minority Leader

U.S. Senate

S-220, U.S. Capitol
Washington, DC 20510

 

Dear Speaker Pelosi, Majority Leader McConnell, Minority Leader Schumer, and Minority Leader McCarthy:

Thank you for your leadership to confront the threats posed by the coronavirus pandemic. We are writing to urge you to ensure that no stimulus funding is sent—directly or indirectly—to China’s controversial bio-agent laboratory the Wuhan Institute of Virology
(WIV).

We were troubled by recent media reports that the National Institutes of Health (NIH) has been funding secretive and dangerous laboratory research at the WIV for many years.[1],[2]
According to the NIH’s website, the WIV is currently authorized by the NIH to receive taxpayer funding for animal research (Assurance ID# F16-00279).[3]

You may be aware that the WIV is the only facility in China designated as a biosafety Level 4 (BSL-4) laboratory, meaning that it handles extremely deadly pathogens and biological agents. According to peer-reviewed research publications, the NIH has funded
research at the WIV in recent years that involves capturing and handling coronavirus-infected bats from the same caves COVID-19 is believed to have originated from.[4] In some cases, infected bats were killed and
transported to the WIV for lab experiments.[5]  The research studies state that they were funded by an active NIH grant that has received $3.7 million in taxpayers’ money to date.[6]

We’re sure you agree that taxpayers’ money should not be sent to a dangerous Chinese state-run bio-agent laboratory that lacks any meaningful oversight from U.S. authorities and is run by adversaries with a history of lab leaks, including SARS, and deception
about the causes and extent of deadly disease outbreaks, including COVID-19.[7]

Thank you for your efforts and assistance in this matter. We look forward to working with you to ensure stimulus funds intended to help American taxpayers and businesses recover from the devastating impact of the COVID-19 pandemic are not misspent. If you
have any questions regarding this request, please contact XXXX at (202) 22X-XXXX.

                                                            Sincerely,

Matt Gaetz                                                                  Martha McSally

Member of Congress                                                  U.S. Senate

 


[1] Taxpayer-funded Animal Experiments Tied To Chinese ‘Wet Markets’ and Wuhan Laboratory, Carlin Becker –

https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/news/taxpayer-funded-animal-experiments-tied-to-chinese-wet-markets-and-wuhan-laboratory

[2] U.S. Government Gave $3.7 Million Grant To Wuhan Lab That Experimented on Coronavirus Source Bats, Frances Mulraney –

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8211291/U-S-government-gave-3-7million-grant-Wuhan-lab-experimented-coronavirus-source-bats.html

[3] NIH website, Institutions with a PHS Approved Animal Welfare Assurance –
https://olaw.nih.gov/assured/app/index.html#FOREIGN

[4] Hu, B., Zeng, L., Yang, X., Ge, X., Zhang, W., Li, B. et al. Discovery of a rich gene pool of bat SARS-related coronaviruses provides new insights into the origin of SARS coronavirus. Plos Pathog. 2017; 13:
e1006698 – https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5708621/

[5] Luo Y, Li B, Jiang R-D, Hu B-J, Luo D-S et al. Longitudinal surveillance of Betacoronaviruses in fruit bats in Yunnan Province, China during 2009-2016. Virol Sin 2018;33:87–95 –
https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s12250-018-0017-2

[6] NIH grant #
R01AI110964

[7] We Are in This Crisis Because Of the Decisions Of the Chinese Government, Jim Geraghty –https://www.nationalreview.com/corner/coronavirus-crisis-caused-by-decisions-chinese-government/

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