Sen. Josh Hawley: Investigate China's coronavirus actions and make Beijing pay for lives and billions lost

The Chinese Communist Party is responsible for the coronavirus pandemic – and it knows it. That’s why Beijing has gone on a propaganda offensive to try to deflect blame anywhere it can, including right here at the United States.

It is time for an international investigation into Beijing’s disastrous handling of the coronavirus. And it is time for Beijing to pay for the tens of thousands of lives stolen and billions of dollars lost as a result of its lies.

The Chinese Communist Party has done everything it can to hide the origins of the coronavirus pandemic. Party officials interrogated and punished Chinese doctors who tried to warn others as the virus began to spread. They ordered laboratories to stop testing for the virus and destroy their samples when it became clear that an outbreak was underway. They even sat on evidence showing the virus could be transmitted between humans. By the time they shared that information, the virus had already spread to other nations.

The Party’s decisions turned a local disease outbreak into a global pandemic. Rather than confront the coronavirus with the help of others – including American experts, whom it denied entry in January – it kept its citizens and the world in the dark. It let the virus slip over its borders, and it stole precious weeks from the United States and others who could have used that time to ready our national defenses.
 
It is time to hold Beijing accountable for the suffering it has caused.

The first step to holding the Chinese Communist Party accountable is an international investigation. That is why I have introduced a Senate resolution calling on the United States and other nations to investigate how Beijing’s mishandling of the coronavirus outbreak contributed to this pandemic.

We need to know exactly what the Party knew, when it knew it, and how the Party’s decisions to try and hide the virus allowed it to spread and kept the United States and other nations from protecting ourselves sooner. I’m proud to have U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik, R-N.Y., lead this effort in the House.

We do not need the Communist Party to cooperate for this investigation to be effective. Either way, the truth will come out. If the Party does cooperate, then the investigation will show exactly how its lies led to the pandemic. If it doesn’t, then its actions will speak for themselves.

If Beijing handled this crisis as transparently as it says it did, then it should have nothing to hide. If it refuses to cooperate, then the world will know that it does have something to hide – namely, the fact that it is responsible for this pandemic.

The next step to holding Beijing accountable is to force it to pay for the lives and livelihoods that it has destroyed. My resolution calls on the international community to seek justice together by quantifying the harm caused by the Party’s mishandling of this disease and designing a way to secure payment from Beijing to compensate for that harm.

The Chinese Communist Party cannot make families whole again or easily replace jobs lost to this pandemic. But the Party can ease the pain that it has caused. With an international investigation to make its guilt clear to the world, that is exactly what it will do.

 

COVID-19 Resources for Seniors and Veterans

by AMY BERENDZEN


JEFFERSON CITY, MO – As Missouri’s advocate for seniors and veterans, Missouri Lieutenant Governor Mike Kehoe encourages individuals and family members to utilize the following resources for COVID-19 related-health information and reporting related scams.

It is both an honor and a privilege to advocate for Missouri’s seniors and veterans,” commented Kehoe. “Unfortunately, during challenging times there will be those who seek to prey upon the vulnerability or misfortune of others.  Often their targets are seniors and veterans. I join Attorney General Schmitt and others encouraging Missourians to take care, and look out for, one another.” 

A video PSA to be shared through broadcast and on social media is available here: Lt. Gov. Kehoe video PSA

Missouri Novel Coronavirus Information Hotline: 1.877.435.8411

The Office of Lieutenant Governor Mike Kehoe 
Phone number: 573.751.4727 
Website:  https://ltgov.mo.gov  
Email:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Missouri Attorney General’s Office 
Consumer Protection Hotline: 1.800.392.8222 
https://www.ago.mo.gov/about-us/contact-us 

Department of Health and Senior Services 
Phone:  573.751.6400 
Website:  https://health.mo.gov/ 
Email:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.   

Missouri Veterans Commission  
Veterans Crisis Line: 1.800.273.8255 (press 1) 
Phone: 573.751.3779 
Website:  https://mvc.dps.mo.gov/index.php 
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

COVID-19 Resources for Seniors and Veterans

by AMY BERENDZEN


JEFFERSON CITY, MO – As Missouri’s advocate for seniors and veterans, Missouri Lieutenant Governor Mike Kehoe encourages individuals and family members to utilize the following resources for COVID-19 related-health information and reporting related scams.

It is both an honor and a privilege to advocate for Missouri’s seniors and veterans,” commented Kehoe. “Unfortunately, during challenging times there will be those who seek to prey upon the vulnerability or misfortune of others.  Often their targets are seniors and veterans. I join Attorney General Schmitt and others encouraging Missourians to take care, and look out for, one another.” 

A video PSA to be shared through broadcast and on social media is available here: Lt. Gov. Kehoe video PSA

Missouri Novel Coronavirus Information Hotline: 1.877.435.8411

The Office of Lieutenant Governor Mike Kehoe 
Phone number: 573.751.4727 
Website:  https://ltgov.mo.gov  
Email:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Missouri Attorney General’s Office 
Consumer Protection Hotline: 1.800.392.8222 
https://www.ago.mo.gov/about-us/contact-us 

Department of Health and Senior Services 
Phone:  573.751.6400 
Website:  https://health.mo.gov/ 
Email:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.   

Missouri Veterans Commission  
Veterans Crisis Line: 1.800.273.8255 (press 1) 
Phone: 573.751.3779 
Website:  https://mvc.dps.mo.gov/index.php 
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

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