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Biden signs bipartisan COVID origins bill

Congress presented a united front on the COVID-19 Origin Act, and Biden signed it into law

A bill that would declassify U.S. intelligence reports on the origins of COVID-19, which mentions the Wuhan Institute of Virology as the global pandemic’s likely source, was signed into law by President Joe Biden Monday.

The COVID-19 Origin Act of 2023, S.619, is the first bill signed into law in the 118th Congress.

The bill was submitted by Sen. Josh Hawley, R-Missouri, and passed the Senate on March 1 with unanimous consent. 

It passed the U.S. House on March 10 in a 419-0-16 vote.

That means not a single representative in either chamber of Congress voted against the bill, though 16 did not vote. 

Every Michigan rep voted, and they all voted yes.

Read it for yourself: S.619: COVID-19 Origin Act of 2023

Unlike many bills in Congress, which can stretch out over hundreds of thousands of pages, the COVID origins bill is just two pages.

Some 90 days after the law is enacted, intelligence reports are to be declassified. The bill insists on granular detail, down to the names of researchers at the Wuhan lab who got sick.



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