The Senate on Tuesday advanced bipartisan legislation that would ban federal funding for state-run labs in China, including the Wuhan Institute of Virology.

In a bipartisan voice vote, the Senate approved an amendment introduced by Iowa Republican Joni Ernst to be included in the Endless Frontier Act, which seeks to counter Chinese economic and geopolitical ambitions.

“After COVID appeared in the vicinity of the Wuhan Institute, instead of cooperating…to discover the source of the outbreak, Chinese officials instead ordered the destruction of some of the coronavirus samples and blocked access to the lab,” Ernst said on the Senate floor, adding that China continues to block international access to study the origins of the virus.

“My amendment would ensure not another dime of taxpayer dollars goes, spent subsidizing communist China,” she added.

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer is leading the effort to pass the Endless Frontier Act on a bipartisan basis and bolster the U.S. ability to compete with China.

Though the bill has support across the aisle, lawmakers will first need to work through a litany of amendments.

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