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“Millions of lives and livelihoods have been impacted because of the coronavirus. In my own district, we are experiencing a recent surge in cases. These are our families, neighbors and friends that have been hurt because of this problem. And when I think of their pain, I think of the damage China is responsible for inflicting on countries around the world, and right here at home.

“China’s deception has directly led to American deaths. China covered up the truth about the virus. China hoarded personal protective equipment and tried to extort other countries for political leverage.

“Now, China is trying to hack our vaccines, which would harm our ability to save the world from this virus. China is no friend of the United States, and that fact is clear to everyone except the Democrats. China tries to undermine the United States with every chance they get, just look at recent headlines:

  • The Chinese consulate in San Francisco is harboring a Chinese military researcher wanted by the FBI who is accused of visa fraud and who lied about her connection to the Chinese military.
  • We also found out they have been spying and committing espionage from within our own borders in a consulate in Houston. They set fire to documents and would not let the Houston Fire Department in. What were they hiding?
  • A few months ago, U.S. authorities arrested a Chinese researcher in Boston and charged him with trying to smuggle 21 vials of stolen biological research back to China. Just last month another individual [was caught] at LAX trying to fly back [to China].
  • And then, [in] January of this year, a top professor at Harvard [was] being paid by China.

“Think of that: the very country that created this problem is now trying to sabotage our efforts to save lives. That is why I introduced legislation earlier this week to hold these criminals accountable.

“My questions to my Democrat colleagues is simple: Are you willing to step up to stop these escalating threats from China? Or will you continue to defend the actions of the Chinese Communist Party? Their actions and words continue to show Democrats have a China problem. 

“Why did Democrats back out of a bipartisan task force after working for more than a year to get one stood up? Why did Democrats vote against a commonsense piece of legislation to punish those who try to hack our vaccine research on the very day we arrested two Chinese [people] for doing it.

“Why does the Democrat Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, Adam Smith, say that it’s ‘not actually [China’s] job to warn the American people’ about the dangers of the virus? They lied to us, they lied about the virus and thousands of people have died. And now Democrats do not believe it’s China’s fault.

“Why does the Speaker promote their propaganda by trying to blame our President for the Chinese Communist Party’s lies? Even calling the virus the name of our president.

“Why did Joe Biden just yesterday say it is wrong to hold China accountable? When I look around the world, from Italy to the United Kingdom, to Australia, no one else is saying that. They have felt the pain of the lost lives, they have felt the heartache of the economic damage that has been done, and they understand the lie that China has [told].

“If we want our children and grandchildren to live in the same country we are blessed to live in, it is time Democrat leaders in this country wake up and stop cowering to the Communist Party of China. The stakes are too high for ‘apology tours’ and leadership by appeasement.”