Acting OMB director won't say if Biden's budget will fund Wuhan Institute of Virology

The acting head of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), in a House hearing Wednesday, wouldn’t commit to saying that President Biden’s budget request would not include funding for research at the Wuhan Institute of Virology – from where it is suspected that the COVID-19 pandemic may have originated.

Acting OMB Director Shalanda Young was asked about the budget by House Budget Committee Ranking Member Jason Smith about the link between U.S. dollars and the Wuhan lab, from where it is suspected the COVID-19 pandemic may have originated.

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“Over the past few weeks, it has become increasingly evident that COVID-19 came from a lab in Wuhan, China,” he said.

He pointed to emails from Dr. Anthony Fauci that he said show a “clear link between American taxpayer dollars and labs that outsource research outside of the United States.”

He asked Young what the administration is doing to get to the bottom “of the clear link between American funding and the Wuhan lab.” Young pointed Smith to Biden’s tasking of the intelligence community with a 90-day review of the evidence of the origins of the global pandemic.

“Can you commit that American

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