In their continued pursuit of transparency and accountability on behalf of the American people, today Republicans on the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence (HPSCI) released a report led by Congressman Brad Wenstrup (OH-02) on the origins of COVID-19.
House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy (CA-23), Whip Steve Scalise (LA-01), Oversight Ranking Member James Comer (KY-01), Energy and Commerce Ranking Member Cathy McMorris Rodgers (WA-05), and HPSCI Ranking Member Mike Turner (OH-10) released the following statement on the report:
"Every person in America has been directly or indirectly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Lives were taken. Livelihoods destroyed. The mismanagement of the response to COVID-19 has led to societal crises like massive education loss for children, drug overdoses across communities, and a stark rise in mental health issues.
"Americans are owed answers about the origins of COVID-19 and future health threats, and they deserve leaders in Washington who remain steadfast in finding the truth.
"Today's HPSCI report led by Rep. Wenstrup marks significant progress toward that objective. The findings identify more culpability from the Chinese Communist Party, highlight the failures of the Intelligence Community to share pertinent information with the American public and their authorized representatives, and give more credibility to the lab leak theory -- which many government officials, Big Tech platforms, and media outlets were quick to label a "conspiracy theory.'
"A Republican majority will continue this critical work across all committees of jurisdiction and we commit to finding the facts on a pandemic that negatively impacted millions of American families. By doing so, our policies going forward will strive to ensure that our country is never vulnerable to these threats in the same way again."