WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, House Republican Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) joined Republican Conference Chair Elise Stefanik (R-N.Y.) and members of the GOP Doctors Caucus to call out Speaker Pelosi for dismissing House Republicans’ efforts to partner with Democrats and investigate COVID-19’s origin. Whip Scalise slammed Speaker Pelosi for refusing to instruct her committee chairs to examine claims that the coronavirus started in a Chinese lab. In addition, Whip Scalise highlighted how Republicans on the Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis held their own hearing where expert witnesses testified about the mounting evidence showing that the coronavirus originated from the Wuhan Institute of Virology (WIV).
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Whip Scalise’s remarks:
“Elise Stefanik and I are here with the Doctors Caucus – Members of Congress who are doctors who have been on the front lines of taking care of people their whole lives – to talk about real concerns we have regarding COVID. Regarding, especially, the origins of COVID and the lack of interest by Speaker Pelosi to look into the origins of COVID. To actually be willing to hold China accountable for what happened with the creation of this virus.
“Going back over a year ago, many of our colleagues have been saying we need to have hearings in Congress on the origins of COVID. This is an evil virus. It’s killed over 600,000 Americans, millions worldwide, and yet, Speaker Pelosi refuses to hold a hearing on how this started. If we’re ever going to be able to get through this and especially to prevent something like this from happening again, we need to at least find out how it really did happen.
“And while Speaker Pelosi refuses to investigate this, many of us have taken action on our own to start digging into the facts, to try to get the facts as best we can. On the Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus [Crisis], all of the Republican members of that Select Subcommittee held a hearing on the origins of COVID. We brought in medical experts from around the country, and it was very eye-opening to see what they said. Every one of those medical doctors testified that the virus likely started in the Wuhan lab. They also testified that it is very likely [that] gain-of-function research, not bat-to-animal-to-human transmission, created this virus.
“Everybody in America ought to be concerned about those findings, but everybody in America also is demanding the same kind of answers we are. And the fact that the only person that won’t investigate what really happened is Speaker Pelosi. What does Speaker Pelosi have to hide? Why is Speaker Pelosi actively fighting [against getting] the facts out? Why is she trying to do the work of the Chinese Communist Party in covering this up?
“We know that the Chinese Communist Party won’t release the background, the data, the facts, won’t let us talk to those people that worked in that Wuhan lab. [Were] there American tax dollars that went directly or indirectly to the Wuhan lab to perform gain of function research? A lot of evidence indicates there was. All of these questions deserve answers, and we’re going to continue fighting for those answers even if Speaker Pelosi tries to participate in a colossal coverup of the facts.”