TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) – A bill to stop the importation of Chinese-made COVID-19 tests has stalled in the US Senate.
Sen. Roger Marshall (R-Kan.) says he joined Sen. Rick Scott (R-Fla.) in offering the No Taxpayer Dollars Act for Communist Chinese COVID Testing.
“The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed how dependent our country is on medical supplies from China,” Marshall said. “Under President Biden, minimal steps have been taken to bring this manufacturing back to the United States and instead this administration is now sending taxpayers’ money to China for millions of COVID tests.”
Marshall suggested the money be spent alternately on American manufacturing of the tests and job creation in the country.
Marshall said the bill would prohibit the use of federal funds to purchase home COVID-19 tests imported or made in China.
“It is imperative that the federal government do everything in its power to carry out our public health mission in a cost-effective manner that prioritizes support for domestic manufacturing,” Scott said. “Unfortunately, instead of supporting American manufacturing, the Biden administration is handing over nearly $1.3 billion in public funds to a Communist China company. The Biden administration’s drive to fund the Communist Chinese economy, instead of the US economy, is a disgrace.
The senators introduced the bill after the Biden administration purchased $1.28 billion worth of at-home COVID tests from iHealth Labs Inc., part of Andon Health Co. — a medical device maker whose headquarters are in China.
The bill was blocked in the Senate by Democratic leaders.
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