This week, a congressman from the Sunshine State brought out a resolution “expressing the sense of the House of Representatives that the People’s Republic of China should be held accountable for its handling of COVID-19.”
U.S. Rep. Brian Mast, R-Fla., introduced the resolution on Tuesday.
“The resolution would empower the United States to withhold payments on debts owed to China equal to the costs incurred by the United States in response to COVID-19, including several trillion dollars in spending authorized by Congress in response to the pandemic,” Mast’s office noted.
“China’s total lack of transparency and mishandling of the coronavirus outbreak has cost tens of thousands of lives, millions of jobs and left untold economic destruction,” Mast said. “Congress must hold China accountable for their cover-up and force them to pay back the taxpayer dollars that have been spent as a result.”
Mast’s resolution was sent to the U.S. House Foreign Affairs Committee on Tuesday. So far, there are no cosponsors.
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