Rutherford Holds China Accountable for Mishandling Coronavirus Pandemic

May 26, 2020
Press Release
New Legislation to Impose Sanctions on the Chinese Communist Party

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman John Rutherford (FL-04) is now an original cosponsor of the COVID-19 Accountability Act. This legislation, introduced by Representative Doug Collins (R-GA), would grant authority to the president to place sanctions on the Chinese Communist Party if they do not cooperate with an investigation into the origins of the COVID-19 outbreak.

“The Chinese Communist Party must be held accountable for their coronavirus cover-up,” said Rutherford. “For months, they hid data, silenced scientists and health care professionals, and limited information to the rest of the world concerning the seriousness of this virus. They are directly responsible for the global suffering and the tens of thousands of deaths here in the U.S. To make matters worse, the Chinese Communist Party refuses to allow international investigators into Wuhan to study how this outbreak began. America should use all of the tools at its disposal to make sure China complies with a transparent investigation and puts safeguards in place to prevent a future pandemic.”

This legislation would require the president to present information to Congress verifying that the Chinese Communist Party has provided a full and complete accounting to any COVID-19 investigation led by the United States or its allies, closed all wet markets that have the potential to expose humans to health risks, and released all pro-democracy advocates in Hong Kong who were arrested in the post COVID-19 crackdowns. If this verification is not made, this legislation grants authority to the president to place sanctions on the Chinese Communist Party to include: asset freezes, travel bans, visa revocations, restricting U.S. financial institutions from making loans to Chinese businesses, and prohibiting Chinese firms from being listed on American stock exchanges.

Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) has introduced companion legislation in the Senate. To read the full text of the House bill, please click here.