Democrats in the House on Tuesday, June 30, shut down a GOP resolution condemning Chinese communist Party (CCP) cyberattacks on U.S. researchers in the race for a CCP Virus (coronavirus) vaccine.
The resolution, proposed by Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.), failed in the chamber in a 230-180 vote, with not a single Democratic vote, The Federalist reported.
Introduced on Monday, the resolution condemns in the harshest of terms the cyberattacks perpetrated against those American persons and organizations engaged in the CCP Virus research.
It calls on the Trump administration to “respond to these attacks to punish those responsible, and to dissuade others from engaging in the same acts by utilizing existing authorities, including the implementation of sanctions against those foreign persons engaged in such acts at the behest of the PRC (People’s Republic of China).”
In the resolution, Kinzinger said that while American research institutions in both the public and private sectors are working diligently to develop treatments and a cure for the disease, which has killed over 128,000 American citizens, they have been the target of attempted cyber network attacks.
The Illinois Republican lawmaker cited a May 13 public announcement by the FBI and the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) that accused CCP of the attacks that threaten to jeopardize the delivery of secure, effective, and efficient treatment options for American citizens.
Rep. Michael McCaul (R-Texas), a ranking member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, also condemned the CCP for its cyberattacks.
“At a time when scientists around the world are working together in an epic race against time to develop a lifesaving vaccine to rescue the world from the grips of the coronavirus, the CCP is trying to steal that research for their selfish purposes,” he said.
“And now that millions of people around the world have been infected and more than a half a million people have died, we learn the CCP isn’t helping to fix the pandemic they are responsible for creating,” he continued.
Instead, McCaul noted that U.S. intelligence agencies have issued warnings to American researchers of cyberattacks from the CCP’s most skilled espionage units seeking to steal critical data to lead the world out of the worst public health emergency in generations.