Biden still undecided on signing a COVID origins declassification bill after 419-0 vote in Congress

by mcardinal

Matt Bush, FISM News

On March 10, about a week after passing the Senate without opposition, the House unanimously passed a bill that would declassify information related to the origins of COVID and the Wuhan Lab.

At a press conference Thursday, Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre was asked if President Biden would sign the bill. She replied, “No, we’re — we’re just taking a look.  We’re taking a look into the — into the bill.”

The bill requires the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (DNI) to submit an unclassified report to Congress withall information held by U.S. agencies relating to potential links between China’s Wuhan Institute of Virology and COVID-19.”

For nearly three years, anyone asking whether COVID-19 originated as a lab leak outbreak was silenced and branded as a conspiracy theorist,” said Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.), the man who introduced the bill in the Senate. “Now these prudent skeptics stand vindicated. The Biden administration must immediately declassify all intelligence reports pertaining to the origins of COVID-19 coronavirus and the Wuhan Institute of Virology. The American people deserve to know the truth.”

To date, there has not been any dissent to getting this bill passed and declassifying the information. Every Democrat and every Republican who has voted on the measure since March 2 has voted in favor of it.

If Biden does veto the legislation, it would be the first veto of his presidency, and it is unclear to many why Biden would consider a veto on legislation that enjoyed unanimous bipartisan support.

What is clear, is that Biden’s wavering on this legislation related to COVID and opposed by Communist China comes at the same time that the House Oversight Committee is looking into the Biden family’s dealings in China.

A recent Fox News story begins, “Members of the Biden family received more than $1 million in payments from accounts related to Hunter Biden’s business associate Rob Walker and their Chinese business ventures in 2017.”

Sen. Hawley revealed on his website that Chinese officials have “demanded” he renounce the bill, and he believes it is because they are aware of their country’s role in the pandemic.

“I know you are keenly interested in this bill—your own Communist officials have written to my office demanding we renounce it, in their usual lecturing, idiotic style,” Hawley wrote to the Chinese officials. “But the bill will soon be law—unless you can convince President Biden to veto it. Time is up. Come clean about your role in spreading COVID to the world.”

The intelligence community, CDC, and other government agencies remain divided on how the pandemic started, but everyone seems to agree that transparency is important moving forward, everyone except for the President.

By passing this bipartisan bill, Congress has sent a clear message that it’s critical to provide full transparency regarding what is known about how this pandemic started, how taxpayer dollars may have been spent on risky research, and if labs performing such research are upholding the highest standards of safety. The President—should he consider vetoing—ought to consider the irreparable damage it will cause our ability to restore public trust in government,” wrote House Energy and Commerce Chair Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-Wash.) and her subcommittee chairs in a statement after the vote.