Waltz, Wexon Target IOC in Bipartisan Bill

Waltz, Wexon Target IOC in Bipartisan Bill

“The American taxpayer can no longer subsidize the IOC while it siphons off hundreds of millions of dollars to the Chinese Communist Party.

Daniel Molina
Daniel Molina
January 19, 2022

The Winter Olympics being held in Beijing has been under scrutiny from a bipartisan number of lawmakers. Numerous calls were made for the Olympics to take place somewhere else, and now lawmakers are targeting the International Olympics Committee. This week, Florida Rep. Michael Waltz (D) and Virginia Rep. Jennifer Wexton (D) have joined forces to introduce a bill that would strip the International Olympics Committee (IOC) of its tax exemption status.

The International Olympics Committee has received harsh criticism over the Winter Olympics in Beijing, and lawmakers have cited human rights violations in China as a reason for the Olympics being moved elsewhere. A number of international human rights groups have also joined the call against China because if “their ongoing human rights atrocities” according to a press release from Rep. waltz. However, the decision remains in place for the Olympics to be held in Beijing.

The U.S. State Department launched an investigation, which determined that the country is currently enacting “an ongoing genocide against the Uyghur population.”

In a statement, Waltz, a critic of the Communist Party of China, commented that “the American taxpayer can no longer subsidize the IOC while it siphons off hundreds of millions of dollars to the Chinese Communist Party to help build up Beijing’s infrastructure and flies in the face of 501(c)(4) law.”

The lawmaker directed blame to the IOC, saying it was “complicit in promoting the regime’s agenda to distract the world from their atrocities with the Olympic fanfare.”

“Adding insult to injury to the victims of the Uyghur genocide, the IOC is clothing their officials for the games with uniforms sourced from forced-labor concentration camps in Xinjiang, flaunting their indifference to the cries of the oppressed,” he expressed, adding that “the corporate partners for the 2022 Genocide Olympics should be ashamed to be associated with the IOC and the CCP’s propaganda ploy.”

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Daniel Molina

Daniel Molina

Daniel Molina is an award-winning senior reporter based in Miami. He holds a bachelor’s degree in English Literature from Florida International University. His hobbies include reading, writing, and watching films.

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