A House Republican reintroduced legislation to create a bipartisan and bicameral panel to investigate the origins of COVID-19, reflecting renewed interest sparked in recent weeks.
The select committee, proposed by Rep. Andy Barr of Kentucky, would include 10 members from the House and 10 members of the Senate and would be led by two co-chairs from each chamber of Congress.
“Over one year and 600,000 tragic American deaths later, we still don’t know the origins of the COVID-19 virus,” Barr said in a statement. “That is why Congress needs to establish a bicameral, bipartisan investigation that will gain the trust and confidence of the American people to deliver the truth about COVID-19.”
Barr, who serves on the House Foreign Affairs committee, previously introduced a resolution proposing a similar panel in April 2020 that would look into the activities surrounding China’s handling of the COVID-19 outbreak.