BUTLER COUNTY, IOWA – Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) joined Martha McSally (R-Ariz.) and 52 members of Congress in sending a bicameral letter to Senate and House leadership calling for an end to taxpayer funding of China’s dangerous Wuhan Institute of Virology (WIV) laboratory, which has been linked to the origin of the coronavirus outbreak.
 
In the letter, the members expressed their deep concern over past federal funding to the controversial Chinese state-run WIV laboratory.
 
“We’re sure you agree that taxpayers’ money should not be sent to a dangerous Chinese state-run bio-agent laboratory that lacks any meaningful oversight from U.S. authorities and is run by adversaries with a history of lab leaks, including SARS, and deception about the causes and extent of deadly disease outbreaks, including COVID-19. Although President Trump has stated that his administration ‘will end that grant quickly,’ we hope to ensure that WIV will not receive federal funds in any future spending packages,” the members wrote. 
 
In addition to Grassley and McSally, the letter is signed by Sens. Joni Ernst (R-Iowa), Kelly Loeffler (R-Ga.), James Lankford (R-Okla.) and 48 additional representatives.
 
Full text of the letter can be found HERE.
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