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H.R. 5004: Unmasking the Origins of COVID–19 Act


The text of the bill below is as of Aug 10, 2021 (Introduced).


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117th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. R. 5004

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

August 10, 2021

(for himself, Mr. Babin, Mrs. Harshbarger, Mr. Higgins of Louisiana, and Mr. DesJarlais) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Foreign Affairs

A BILL

To amend the State Department Basic Authorities Act of 1956 to authorize rewards regarding the identification of credible information regarding the origins of COVID–19, and for other purposes.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Unmasking the Origins of COVID–19 Act.

2.

Authorization for reward

Subsection (b) of section 36 of the State Department Basic Authorities Act of 1956 (22 U.S.C. 2708) is amended—

(1)

in paragraph (12), by striking or after the semicolon at the end;

(2)

in paragraph (13), by striking the period at the end and inserting ; or; and

(3)

by adding at the end the following new paragraph:

(14)

the identification of—

(A)

the origins of COVID–19;

(B)

any person or entity involved in the coverup of the origins of COVID–19; or

(C)

nonpublic information related to gain of function research conducted at or in connection with Chinese laboratories, including the Wuhan Institute of Virology, with respect to coronaviruses, that has been covered up by the Government of the People’s Republic of China or the Chinese Communist Party.

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