The Energy and Commerce Committee, which has jurisdiction over public health, is leading the Congressional push for a complete, independent, and scientific investigation into the origins of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee Republican Leader Morgan Griffith provided an update on Fox News Radio on the latest in the investigation. Listen to his interview and check out the top news below, including breaking news yesterday of growing bipartisan support to investigate the lab leak theory.
I joined the Fox News Rundown to discuss the investigation into COVID-19’s origins, infrastructure, and more.
Was it an accidental release of the virus? What kind of research was the Wuhan lab doing? We need more answers. https://t.co/yr4Mho554a
— Morgan Griffith (@RepMGriffith) May 27, 2021
“What we’re trying to do is to get information from the NIH, from the Department of State, Lawrence Livermore (National Laboratory), Department of Homeland Security, and EcoHealth Alliance.”
“Was it an accidental release of the virus? What kind of research were they doing that triggered this? We need to get more answers on that and the good news is in an Oversight hearing of E&C, Chairwoman DeGette said that she wanted to have a hearing as well to discuss these issues and to try to get to the bottom of it. We’re helpful that we can get the federal administration, that would be the Biden administration [and] the NIH to give us the answers to the questions so that we can find the answers for the American people because the American people want to know where this virus came from. There are alternate theories but the one that seems most likely is it was an accidental leaking at the Wuhan lab and that China then was not forthcoming with the information.”
“I do think that we can work together on it. Republicans on the committee have been writing a lot of letters trying to get information. It now looks like Chairwoman DeGette wants to get the answers as well and I think that’s great.”
Leader Griffith then reiterated that the search for the truth on this is so that similar mistakes may be avoided in the future.
Leader Griffith’s interview comes after the subcommittee’s chair, Diana DeGette (D-CO), agreed during a subcommittee hearing that it is important to find out if the COVID-19 virus escaped from a laboratory in China. Rep. Michael Burgess (R-TX), a physician, asked Chair DeGette to take up the issue.
— Michael Burgess, MD (@michaelcburgess) May 26, 2021
Diana DeGette, the chair of the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s Oversight and Investigation subcommittee, said during a hearing Wednesday that she supported determining whether the virus came from a lab.
‘We’re going to do whatever investigation is appropriate,’ she said in response to subcommittee Republican Michael Burgess of Texas, a medical doctor, who emphasized the panel needed to look into the virus’s origins.
The Democratic chair of the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s oversight subcommittee endorsed Republican members’ calls for an investigation into the origin of the COVID-19 pandemic, particularly into whether the coronavirus escaped from a Chinese research lab.
Committee ranking member Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R., Wash.) praised Democrats for supporting Republican efforts to investigate the virus’s origin.
“The Energy and Commerce Committee will continue to lead and urge the Biden administration and the U.S. government to investigate, hold China accountable, and get information in the public domain for answers on how the COVID-19 pandemic started,” McMorris Rodgers said. “We welcome and are encouraged by the bipartisan support within the committee to investigate if COVID-19 originated in a laboratory accident. We can’t leave any stone unturned.”
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