Acting OMB head won’t say if Biden budget will fund Wuhan lab

Acting OMB head won’t say if Biden budget will fund Wuhan lab

The acting head of the White House budget office declined to tell lawmakers Wednesday whether President Biden’s proposed budget would include funding for research carried out by the Wuhan Institute of Virology in China.

Under questioning from House Budget Committee ranking member Jason Smith (R-Mo.), Office of Management and Budget (OMB) acting director Shalanda Young repeatedly deferred to an ongoing 90-day review of the origins of the coronavirus pandemic being carried out by the intelligence community.

“Over the past few weeks, it has become increasingly evident that COVID-19 originated from a lab in Wuhan, China,” Smith said at one point before asking Young, “What are you doing to get to the bottom of the clear link between federal funding and the Wuhan lab?”

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After Young deferred once again to the review, Smith said: “So let me ask you this, can you commit that American dollars will never be used to fund such research going forward from this

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