Rep. Ted Budd Helps Lead Bill to Investigate World Health Organization
Washington, D.C. -- Rep. Ted Budd (R-NC), Rep. Buddy Carter (R-GA), and seven other House members have introduced a bill to hold the World Health Organization accountable for its involvement in the Coronavirus pandemic. The legislation directs the Department of Health and Human Services and the State Department to begin an investigation into the World Health Organization’s failures to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic and their relationship with the Chinese Communist Party.
Other original cosponsors were Reps. Rick Crawford (R-AR), Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA), Jeff Van Drew (R-NJ), Jim Banks (R-IN), Steve Watkins (R-KS), Greg Steube (R-FL) and Dan Crenshaw (R-TX).
Rep. Budd said in a statement:
“The Chinese Communist Party lied to the world and allowed the Coronavirus to spread around the world. American taxpayers, whose dollars fund a significant part of the World Health Organization’s budget, deserve to know to what extent WHO either participated in or was slow to call out the lies coming from China’s party leadership. I commend President Trump for halting U.S. funding of WHO until we determine their involvement and believe that launching an investigation is a crucial first step. I would also like to thank Rep. Buddy Carter for introducing this bill with me.”
Rep. Carter said:
“There is no question that the World Health Organization’s actions and their sympathizing with China has led to turning the entire world upside down," said Carter. "Now, thousands of Americans have died and millions of Americans have lost their jobs. If the WHO would have done their job, the world could have better prepared to prevent the spread and taken action much sooner. Instead, the WHO covered-up for China and their suppression of the truth. Plain and simple, the WHO failed and now the entire world is paying for it. I’m introducing this legislation today because the American people deserve answers and Congress must hold the WHO accountable. I'm grateful that a great group of members have joined me in this effort, and I hope to get this legislation approved as soon as possible.”
Text of the bill can be found HERE.