Washington, D.C. – House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy (CA-23) today announced the formation of the China Task Force. The Task Force will bring together select members from key committees to help reinforce Congressional efforts to counter current and emerging cross-jurisdictional threats from China. The Task Force was originally designed to be a joint effort with Democrat colleagues, but after delaying for more than a year, the majority never launched the initiative.
The Republican-led China Task Force will be chaired by Representative Michael McCaul (TX-10). Leader McCarthy also selected the following members to serve on the Task Force: Conference Chair Liz Cheney (WY), and Representatives Jim Banks (IN-03), Andy Barr (KY-06), John Curtis (UT-03), Mike Gallagher (WI-08), Anthony Gonzalez (OH-16), John Joyce (PA-13), Adam Kinzinger (IL-16), Darin LaHood (IL-18), Guy Reschenthaler (PA-14), Denver Riggleman (VA-05), Elise Stefanik (NY-21), Chris Stewart (UT-02), and Michael Waltz (FL-06).
McCarthy released the following statement on the formal launch of this initiative:
“As we learn more about Covid-19 one thing has become clear — China’s coverup directly led to this crisis.
“The Communist Party of China hid the seriousness of the disease, led a propaganda campaign blaming the U.S., used their supplies to exert influence, and continue to refuse international experts to investigate what happened.
“It follows the same threatening pattern of behavior we have seen from the Chinese Communist Party for years — something that has long-been the bipartisan consensus in Washington.
“In fact, we had planned for a bipartisan task force on this issue months ago. But without notice or reason, the Democrats walked away.
“The stakes are too high to sit idle, which is why today I am announcing the Republican-led China Task Force…
“We will be looking at a broad range of China-related issues, including: influence operations targeting the U.S., the economic threat to our government and allies, efforts to gain the technological advantage, and China’s role in the origin and spread of COVID-19.”