Rick Scott Takes Up Michael Waltz’s Bill to Remove Tax-Exempt Status from International Olympic Committee

Last month, U.S. Rep. Michael Waltz, R-Fla., introduced a proposal to change the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 and remove the International Olympic Committee (IOC) of its tax-exempt status and now U.S. Sen. Rick Scott, R-Fla., is championing that bill in the U.S. Senate.

Waltz brought out the “Irresponsible Olympic Collaboration Act” in January with U.S. Rep. Jennifer Wexton, D-Va., as the main co-sponsor. Other backers of the proposal include U.S. Rep. Maria Elvira Salazar, R-Fla..

The congressman’s office noted the bill “follows repeated attempts from U.S. officials and numerous international human rights groups to move the 2022 Winter Olympics out of China due to their ongoing human rights atrocities, including what the U.S. State Department has determined to be an ongoing genocide against the Uyghur population” and “American corporate sponsorships and television contracts are by-far the largest source of funding for the IOC.”

“The American taxpayer can no longer subsidize the IOC while it siphons off hundreds of millions of dollars directly to the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) to help build up Beijing’s infrastructure and flies in the face of 501(c)(4) law. The IOC is complicit in promoting the regime’s agenda to distract the world from their atrocities with the Olympic Fanfare,” said Waltz. “Adding insult to injury to the victims of the Uyghur genocide, the IOC is clothing their officials for the games with uniforms sourced from forced-labor concentration camps in Xinjiang, flaunting their indifference to the cries of the oppressed. The corporate partners for the 2022 Genocide Olympics should be ashamed to be associated with the IOC and the CCP’s propaganda ploy.”

“The IOC has made it crystal clear that it will prioritize profits over human rights, standing firmly on the side of the Chinese government to aid and abet the cover-up of the Uyghur genocide and other horrific human rights abuses ahead of next month’s Olympic Games,” said Wexton. “Those who are enabling these atrocities will not change their behavior until we hit them where it hurts—their bottom line. I’m proud to introduce this bipartisan bill with Rep. Waltz to strip the IOC of their tax-exempt status.”

The bill was sent to the U.S. House Ways and Means Committee.

At the end of last week, U.S. Sen. Rick Scott, R-Fla., brought the bill out in the upper chamber.

“The IOC must answer for its complete failure to address or even acknowledge the horrific human rights abuses and genocide occurring at the hands of the Chinese Communist Party. In helping Communist China whitewash its crimes and abuses, the IOC has lost all credibility and forfeited its ability to operate as a tax-exempt entity. In the United States, we unapologetically stand for human rights and democracy, and Congress must make clear that our taxpayers will never be asked to subsidize the operations of an organization that so shamelessly profits from business with such an evil regime,” Scott said on Friday.

Scott’s bill was sent to the U.S. Senate Finance Committee. So far, there are no Senate co-sponsors.

“The American taxpayer can no longer subsidize the IOC while it siphons off hundreds of millions of dollars directly to the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) to help build up Beijing’s infrastructure and flies in the face of 501(c)(4) law. The IOC is complicit in promoting the regime’s agenda to distract the world from their atrocities with the Olympic Fanfare. Adding insult to injury to the victims of the Uyghur genocide, the IOC is clothing their officials for the games with uniforms sourced from forced-labor concentration camps in Xinjiang, flaunting their indifference to the cries of the oppressed. The corporate partners for the 2022 Genocide Olympics should be ashamed to be associated with the IOC and the CCP’s propaganda ploy,” Waltz said on Friday.

U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., who sits on the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee, also weighed in on the Olympics on Friday.

“The 2022 Winter Olympics will be remembered for the atrocities committed by the Chinese Communist Party as opposed to the accomplishments of the athletes,” Rubio said. “By hosting the Games in the shadows of concentration camps, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and its corporate sponsors prioritized financial profit over human rights. In doing so, the IOC shredded its own Code of Ethics and lost all moral credibility.”

“While we pray for the health, safety, and success of all American athletes, we cannot forget that hiding behind the pageantry and fanfare is an evil, genocidal regime,” Rubio continued. “Until the Chinese Communist Party puts an end to all ethnic cleansing, slave labor practices, and political oppression, I will work to ensure that the Olympics are never hosted in the People’s Republic of China again.”

Kevin Derby
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