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Stefanik-Initiated Investigation Reveals Tax Dollars Funded Chinese Research

Government and Politics

October 5, 2022


Stefanik-Initiated Investigation Reveals Tax Dollars Funded Chinese Research

Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Elise Stefanik announced that, following her push for transparency, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) confirmed $28.9 million in grants from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Centers for Disease Control (CDC), and Department of Defense (DoD) funded Chinese entities’ research and development. 

“China’s deception and stonewalling of the truth behind the origins of COVID-19 has led to millions of senseless deaths and trillions of dollars in economic destruction across the globe,” Stefanik said. “Following my advocacy, the Government Accountability Office undertook a study to account for the total amount of American taxpayer dollars that have gone to China for research efforts, and their findings are troubling. Since 2015, the CDC, NIH, and DoD have all sent taxpayer dollars to China for joint research. Even more frightening, we still have no idea how much total money has been sent to China due to lax reporting requirements. Make no mistake, the Chinese Communist Party’s deception throughout the pandemic confirmed that China is not a reliable partner. I am committed to the critical oversight of American taxpayer dollars and ensuring our agencies are not funding research in China at the expense of American interests.”

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