Ernst will introduce the Stop the Outlay of Payments (STOP) Act Tuesday, which would cut off all federal funding to any organization that has had a federal award suspended or terminated by an agency of the federal government. Her office said the legislation targets EcoHealth, a controversial New York City-based nonprofit with ties to the Wuhan Institute of Virology (WIV).
"Like China, EcoHealth will not
cooperate with scientific investigations into the origins of COVID-19,
and, as a result, we may never know what was happening inside the Wuhan
Institute and the possible connection to the pandemic. It makes me sick
that Iowa taxpayers have been forced to foot the bill for organizations
like EcoHealth that refuse to be accountable and transparent," Ernst
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