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A new piece of legislation has been introduced in the Texas legislature by Republican State Rep. Briscoe Cain that calls upon the U.S. Congress to “conduct an unbiased and comprehensive investigation of the origins of the SARS-CoV-2 virus.” In particular, the bill calls for Congress to determine if a laboratory leak at the Wuhan Institute of Virology caused the COVID-19 pandemic.

The bill says in part: “Citizens of Texas have the right to know if wasteful government spending on taxpayer-funded experiments on bats & humanized mice caused the death of over 1M Americans.”

The text of the bill, known as H.C.R. No. 28, cites many of the most recent developments in the controversy surrounding the origins of the virus.

The bill states in part:

  • “The U.S. National Institutes of Health has confirmed that, between 2014 and 2019, it sent approximately $600,000 of taxpayers ’ money to the Wuhan Institute of Virology to collect coronaviruses from wild bats and manipulate them in animal experiments;”
  • “The U.S. State Department expressed concern in 2018 about safety lapses at the Wuhan Institute of Virology and the pandemic threat posed by its bat coronavirus experiments;”
  • “The National Institutes of Health has confirmed that it funded gain-of-function animal experiments at the Wuhan Institute of Virology that engineered bat coronaviruses to be as much as 10,000 times stronger than their natural counterparts;”
  • “A U.S. Senate Committee on Health Education, Labor and Pensions report has determined “the emergence of SARS-CoV-2 that resulted in the COVID-19 pandemic was most likely the result of a research-related incident;”
  • “In its 2022 Annual Threat Assessment, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence declares, “One Intelligence Community element assesses with moderate confidence that the first human infection with SARS-CoV-2 most likely was the result of a laboratory-associated incident, probably involving experimentation, animal handling, or sampling by the Wuhan Institute of Virology”

Dr. Anthony Fauci, the former head of the National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases, has contested many of these assertions in Congressional testimony.

The bill even notes that “A growing majority of the American public believes that the COVID-19 pandemic was caused by a lab leak.”

According to The Daily Mail as recently as December 2022, a Rasmussen poll found that 68 percent of Americans believe it is either “very” (48 percent) or “somewhat” (20 percent) likely that COVID-19 leaked from a laboratory.

Only 38 percent believe that Dr. Anthony Fauci is telling the truth about the US funding gain-of-function virus research. More than half, 51 percent, believe Fauci should be under investigation because of it.


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According to Timcast News, Rep. Cain’s bill has been endorsed by the taxpayer-watchdog White Coat Waste Project, a group that has pioneered accountability for Dr. Fauci, the NIAID, and the World Health Organization.

In a statement to Timcast, Tristan Daedalus, the Government Affairs Director of the White Coat Waste Project said, “Taxpayers in Texas and beyond are rising up and demanding to know whether white coats in Wuhan wasted our hard-earned money on reckless animal experiments that sparked a devastating pandemic.”

“As the first organization to expose and cut taxpayer funding for the Wuhan animal lab, we applaud Rep. Briscoe Cain for demanding that the feds finally investigate if a lab leak caused COVID, as Congress, the FBI, a majority of Democrat and Republican taxpayers, and experts around the world believe happened. Stop the money. Stop the madness!” Daedalus added.

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