China Under the Gun With New Proposed Legislation

Rep. Brian Mast is introducing new legislation designed to punish China for its failure to communicate honestly to the world about the dangers of the COVID-19 virus. The Republican from Florida is crafting the legislation so that it would withhold payments to China in an effort to punish the country for not revealing the full scope of the virus when it first appeared within its borders.

Legislation Not Likely to Pass

This is not the first time that Mast has attempted to pass through legislation intended to penalize China. He also authored a resolution of the same nature last year. However, this legislation failed to advance past the Democrat-controlled House of Representatives. The current bill is expected to meet the same fate.

Marking One-Year Anniversary of Pandemic

Mast wants to bring awareness back to the issue of disciplining China on the one-year anniversary of the day that the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the COVID-19 global pandemic. The congressman is accusing the Chinese Communist Party of attempting to cover up the severity of the virus during its early days. In addition, Mast said that China is still trying to limit investigations into the origins of the virus.

Financial Implications

According to Mast, the U.S. Department of the Treasury owes China $1 trillion. These are the funds that he wants to withhold as a disciplinary action. Mast reasons that China should be held responsible for the economic damage suffered by the U.S. as a result of the virus. The legislation alleges that the U.S. and the world would not have been handed this same fate had China been up-front about the virus from the beginning.