Rep. Stewart co-sponsors bill to ban U.S. dollars from funding Gain-of-Function research

Yesterday,Congressman Brad Wenstrup(R-OH) introduced the Foreign Gain-of-Function Research Prevention Act of 2021. Congressman Chris Stewart (R-UT) is an original cosponsor of this legislation, which would prevent federal dollars from going to fund gain-of-function research in foreign adversarial nations.

“There is significant circumstantial evidence that COVID-19 leaked from the Wuhan Institute of Virology,” said Rep. Stewart. “The origin of this virus is one of the most important questions we currently face, and the American people deserve answers. But we already have one unfortunate answer that can’t be ignored: U.S. taxpayer dollars have been funneled to the very lab that conducted this dangerous research and turned our world upside down.

“This research cannot be allowed to continue in uncontrolled environments. That starts with banning any U.S. federal dollars from directly or indirectly funding projects conducted by our foreign adversaries. Cutting American funding to our opposition’s research – particularly Chinese projects – should not be a partisan issue. I hope that my colleagues across the aisle recognize the necessity of this effort and join us in ensuring this mistake is never made again.”

The Foreign Gain-of-Function Research Prevention Act of 2021 bans federal dollars from directly or indirectly going to fund gain-of-function research in China, Russia, Iran, and North Korea, as well as any other country the Secretary of State, in consultation with the Secretary of Defense and Director of National Intelligence, deem necessary. You can read the text here.