Rep. Dan Crenshaw introduces a bill that would let Americans sue China over ‘Wuhan Virus’

Rep. Dan Crenshaw introduces a bill that would let Americans sue China over ‘Wuhan Virus’

    Sen. Tom Cotton and Rep. Dan Crenshaw proposed legislation that would allow Americans to sue China in federal court for the death and economic harm caused by the "Wuhan Virus." "The Chinese Communist Party allowed the virus to spread rapidly across the globe by silencing doctors and journalists who tried to warn the world about the coronavirus," Cotton (R-Ark.) said in a statement.


    "Their attempt to cover up the virus resulted in thousands of needless deaths and incalculable economic harm. It's only fair that we keep the Chinese government to account for the harm it has done, "he said. Crenshaw (R-Texas) said Americans "need to hold the Chinese government responsible for its deliberate lies and cover-up that enabled the coronavirus to spread around the globe." "The communist regime expelled journalists, silenced whistleblowers, and suppressed critical information that hindered the global response to the pandemic," he said. "Put simply: their acts cost lives and livelihoods for Americans. This bill would help ensure that China's actions don't have repercussions.
    The lawmakers said the bill would allow Americans to “recover damages for death, injury, and economic harm caused by the Wuhan Virus.”
    They said the legislation would amend the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act to make a narrow exception for “damages caused by China’s dangerous handling of the COVID-19 outbreak.” “The bill makes clear that covering up the virus and causing it to spread faster or further than it otherwise would have are often considered a tortious act,” consistent with the announcement.
    The bill, which is modeled after the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act of 2016, gives the US “a powerful tool to urge China to buy the damage it's caused.” “If us and China come to an agreement to settle the claims, then the private suits might be dismissed. In other words, China can take responsibility and comply with buy the damage it's caused, or it can face potentially many claims in court .”

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