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Carter adds accountability, transparency requirements for U.S. taxpayer- funded foreign researchers with new bill

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Rep. Earl L. “Buddy” Carter (R-GA) today announced the introduction of the Foreign Research Transparency Act of 2024, a bill requiring foreign sub-grantees to disclose all documents related to U.S. taxpayer-funded research. 

This bill comes after EcoHealth Alliance and the Wuhan Institute of Virology refused to disclose materials related to a National Institutes of Health (NIH) funded experiment at the Wuhan Institute of Virology, the likely source of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Taxpayer dollars belong to the taxpayers, who deserve transparency about how their hard-earned money is being spent. We’ve seen how Dr. Fauci and the Chinese Communist Party have weaponized American wallets to further cruel, unnecessary, and dangerous research. This bill will ensure that bad actors stay as far away from U.S. grants as possible, and that those who are awarded grants use them responsibly,”
said Rep. Buddy Carter.   

“Taxpayers have a right to know what they’re being forced to fund in foreign animal labs, especially after we exposed how Dr. Fauci bankrolled cruel beagle testing in Tunisia and dangerous gain-of-function experiments in Wuhan that likely infected Patient Zero and caused COVID. We’re grateful to Rep. Carter for introducing the Foreign Research Transparency Act and his years of outstanding leadership in efforts to crack down on wasteful government spending in dangerous animal labs in China and other foreign countries,”
said Justin Goodman, Senior Vice President, White Coat Waste Project.

This bill was included as part of the Energy and Commerce Committee’s NIH reform framework, led by Chair Cathy McMorris-Rodgers (R-WA).

Read the full bill text here