Senate Resolution 5 - Introduced

An Act 1calling on the federal government to
2investigate the origins of the SARS-CoV-2 virus,
3including whether it was in any way related to
4taxpayer-funded gain-of-function animal experiments
5being performed at the Wuhan Institute of Virology.
6WHEREAS, the citizens of the state of Iowa have
7a right to know if wasteful government spending on
8taxpayer-funded experiments on bats and humanized mice
9caused the death of over 1 million Americans and over
106.6 million people worldwide;and
11WHEREAS, Congress has a duty to the citizens of the
12state of Iowa to promote the general welfare and the
13President of the United States has a duty to ensure
14that the laws of the United States be faithfully
16WHEREAS, it is well documented that pathogens
17contained in highly secure laboratories around
18the world, including SARS viruses in China, have
19breached containment with deadly consequences on many
21WHEREAS, the United States National Institutes
22of Health has confirmed that between 2014 and 2019
23it sent approximately $600,000 of taxpayers’ money
24to the Wuhan Institute of Virology to collect
25coronaviruses from wild bats and manipulate them in
26animal experiments;and
27WHEREAS, the United States Department of State
28expressed concern in 2018 about safety lapses at the
-1-1Wuhan Institute of Virology and the pandemic threat
2posed by its bat coronavirus experiments;and
3WHEREAS, the United States National Institutes of
4Health has confirmed that it funded gain-of-function
5animal experiments at the Wuhan Institute of Virology
6that engineered bat coronaviruses to be as much
7as 10,000 times more virulent than their natural
9WHEREAS, a United States senate committee on health,
10education, labor, and pensions report has determined
11that “the emergence of SARS-CoV-2 that resulted in
12the COVID-19 pandemic was most likely the result of a
13research-related incident”;and
14WHEREAS, in its 2022 Annual Threat Assessment,
15the Office of the Director of National Intelligence
16declared, “one intelligence community element assesses
17with moderate confidence that the first human infection
18with SARS-CoV-2 most likely was the result of a
19laboratory-associated incident, probably involving
20experimentation, animal handling, or sampling by the
21Wuhan Institute of Virology”;and
22WHEREAS, the United States Department of Energy
23which supervises respected national laboratories,
24some of which employ experts in the field of advanced
25biological experimentation, recently assessed that the
26SARS-CoV-2 virus most likely arose from a laboratory
28WHEREAS, a growing majority of the American public
29believes that the COVID-19 pandemic was caused by a lab
2demands that the federal government conduct an unbiased
3and comprehensive investigation of the origins of the
4SARS-CoV-2 virus, including whether it resulted from a
5lab leak in Wuhan;and

   6BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, That the Senate demands that
7the federal government ensures that the investigation
8is conducted without influence by the government
9agencies and personnel involved in funding this
   11BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, That the Senate demands that
12the federal government issue a final report summarizing
13the findings of the investigation, without redaction,
14and make the report available to the citizens of the
15state of Iowa in its entirety.
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