House GOP demands answers on US tax funding of Chinese lab that released COVID

House Committee on Oversight and Reform Ranking Member James Comer (R-Ky.) and Republican lawmakers pressed Dr. Francis Collins, the Director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and Dr. Anthony Fauci, the Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, (NIAID), about a grant awarded to EcoHealth Alliance, which then awarded taxpayer funds … Continue reading House GOP demands answers on US tax funding of Chinese lab that released COVID

Top House member launches hearing into origin of COVID-19

Opening Statement of Ranking Member Frank Lucas at Investigations & Oversight Hearing on COVID-19 Origins:Thank you, Chairman Foster for holding today’s hearing. And thank you to our witnesses for your participation. While this Committee has held a handful of hearings over the last 18 months examining the role of the scientific community in combatting COVID-19, … Continue reading Top House member launches hearing into origin of COVID-19

Rand Paul bill repeals mask mandates on public transport

U.S. Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) introduced the Travel Mask Mandate Repeal Act of 2021, legislation to prohibit the imposition of mask mandates on public transportation. U.S. Representative Andy Biggs (R-AZ-5) will be introducing companion legislation in the U.S. House of Representatives later this week. The Senate version of the bill is currently cosponsored by Senators … Continue reading Rand Paul bill repeals mask mandates on public transport

Senators Call for End to Mask Mandate for Vaccinated Americans on Planes, Public Transportation

U.S. Senator Cynthia Lummis (R-WY) joined Senate colleagues to introduce a resolution calling on the Biden administration’s Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to end its mask mandate for fully vaccinated individuals when they are using public transportation throughout the United States. This includes airports, commercial airplanes, buses, and rail systems.  Of the bill, Sen. … Continue reading Senators Call for End to Mask Mandate for Vaccinated Americans on Planes, Public Transportation

Daines Slams Biden Administration’s Move to Expand Abortion Under Obamacare

U.S. Senator Steve Daines made the following statement after the Biden administration took steps to expand abortion under Obamacare:  “This is another move by President Biden and Secretary Becerra to promote their abortion agenda above following the law, and is even more alarming as Democrats look to increase taxpayer subsidies for Obamacare. Abortion is not healthcare and taxpayers … Continue reading Daines Slams Biden Administration’s Move to Expand Abortion Under Obamacare

New Documents Show Wuhan Lab Asked NIH Official for Information on Disinfectants; Nine Fauci Agency Grants for EcoHealth Bat Coronavirus Research

Judicial Watch received 301 pages of emails and other records from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) officials in connection with the Wuhan Institute of Virology in Wuhan, China, revealing significant collaborations and funding that began in 2014. These new records reveal that NIAID gave nine China-related grants to EcoHealth Alliance to research coronavirus emergence in bats … Continue reading New Documents Show Wuhan Lab Asked NIH Official for Information on Disinfectants; Nine Fauci Agency Grants for EcoHealth Bat Coronavirus Research

Senators Ask CDC, TSA for Update on Vaccine Travel Guidance, Mask Requirements on Planes, Buses

U.S. Sens. Roger Wicker, R-Miss., ranking member of the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., Susan Collins, R-Maine, and Jerry Moran, R-Kan., asked the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) for more information on when and how the agencies will update their travel … Continue reading Senators Ask CDC, TSA for Update on Vaccine Travel Guidance, Mask Requirements on Planes, Buses

Progressive Lawmakers Are Working on a Backdoor Plan to Quietly Take Us One Step Closer to Socialist Healthcare

Bipartisan talks over compromise spending legislation are ongoing in Congress, but the prospects of the two parties reaching a compromise aren’t exactly bright. So, progressive lawmakers in Washington, DC are already planning a $6 trillion spending bonanza that they will try to push through on a party-line vote if or when bipartisan talks hit a … Continue reading Progressive Lawmakers Are Working on a Backdoor Plan to Quietly Take Us One Step Closer to Socialist Healthcare

Don’t Confuse Mandates With Changing Behavior

One of the key themes of Economics In One Virus is that it can be very difficult to disentangle the effects of voluntary behavioral change from public policy. Another way of putting this is that “defining the counterfactual” is hard. In a world in which public policies can crowd out private action, or else merely codify it, you … Continue reading Don’t Confuse Mandates With Changing Behavior

How Germans Went from Mocking America’s Decentralized Pandemic Approach to Envying It

Just because decisions are made by a central government body, it doesn't mean they're the right decisions. The long phase of lockdowns in Germany may now be coming to an end, but it doesn't look like it's fully catching up to America's progress on reopening and vaccination any time soon. And one can be pretty confident that many Texans or Floridians are probably not too keen on switching places with a German.