Congressman Mo Brooks Introduces Bill Forcing Communist China to Pay for America's Trillions in COVID-19 Losses
June 23, 2021
Washington, DC— Wednesday, Congressman Mo Brooks (AL-05) introduced the “China COVID-19 Restitution Act,” a simple bill holding the People’s Republic of China financially liable for all damages caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Congressman Brooks said, “Communist China must atone for its wrongdoing by compensating America and Americans for losses suffered as a result of COVID-19. Regardless of whether China’s conduct was negligent, reckless or intentional, China knowingly created COVID-19 in the Wuhan Institute of Virology without implementing the necessary containment measures needed to prevent COVID-19 from circling the globe and killing millions. Not only did China lie about COVID-19 origins, China also lied about and covered up both the contagiousness and lethality of COVID-19 (while still allowing international travel and thus exporting a global pandemic). China’s lies killed. My bill, the China COVID-19 Restitution Act, holds Communist China accountable for their horrific actions and compensates American citizens and governments for the losses suffered at the hands of Communist China.”
Brooks continued, “More than 600,000 Americans are dead. At the height of the pandemic, 74% of small businesses reported revenue decreases. Federal, state and local governments have been forced to incur trillions in spending related to COVID-19 expenses. The human and monetary toll on Americans caused by China’s bad conduct is astronomical. Communist Chinese must be held accountable and make whole the lives and livelihoods their actions destroyed.”
Brooks concluded, “The key to the success of this bill is forcing Communist China to cough up the money needed to compensate those Communist China has killed and injured. While tariffs on Chinese imports into America will likely and initially be paid for by American consumers, over the long haul, the escalating tariff burdens will squeeze China’s economy, thus forcing Communist China to pay up or suffer catastrophic economic damage. Hopefully, other nations will adopt this model, thereby putting more and more pressure on Communist China to honor and be responsible for the losses caused by its bad conduct.”
The COVID-19 Restitution Act:
- Details some of the evidence establishing that Communist China lied about COVID-19.
- Expresses the sense of Congress that the People’s Republic of China is fully responsible and liable for all deaths, injuries, and financial losses suffered in the United States by COVID–19.
- Establishes a COVID–19 Restitution Trust Fund to be funded in part by payments by Communist China and in part by money collected from increased tariffs on Chinese goods.
- The bill establishes an immediate 10% tariff on all products manufactured in China and imported into the United States.
- The tariff will automatically increase by 10% each year until the President certifies that enough money has been collected to fully compensate and reimburse the United States for damages caused by COVID-19.
- Money from the COVID–19 Restitution Trust Fund will be spent on the following:
- Full compensation for personal injury caused by COVID-19,
- This section was modeled after the 9/11 Victims Compensation Fund and would allow individuals to be made whole from their injuries from COVID-19, including: loss of earnings, medical expense loss, replacement services loss, and loss due to death.
- Financial losses of American businesses caused by COVID-19,
- Reimbursement for all money spent from the federal general treasury fund to respond to COVID-19, and
- Reimbursement for all financial losses of each state and locality resulting from COVID-19.
- Finally, the bill requires the U.S. Secretary of State to identify countries also adversely affected by China’s wrongful conduct and form a plan that encourages countries to adopt similar restitution programs seeking compensations from the CCP.
Cosponsors: Congressman Scott DesJarlais (TN-04) and Congressman Madison Cawthorn (NC-11)