House Democrats and Republicans are coming together for two bipartisan bills Friday — to get to the bottom of how the pandemic started, and to allow the families of victims to sue the Chinese Communist Party for damages stemming from their early concealment of the virus.
The first bill, being introduced by five Democrats and five Republicans, is called the “Made in America Emergency Preparedness Act,” and would establish a 9/11-style commission to investigate how the once-in-a-generation pandemic began.
The legislation was originally introduced last April by Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick (R-Pa.).
The second proposal, to be introduced by Fitzpatrick and Rep. Conor Lamb (D-Pa.), would allow families of COVID-19 victims to sue China or any other country that “intentionally misled the international community on the outbreak.”
Called the “Never Again International Outbreak Prevention Act,” the bill would strip China of it’s sovereign immunity, the legal doctrine protecting governments from civil or criminal prosecution.
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