Mo Brooks Proposes Steep Tariffs on China to Pay for Coronavirus Damages

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Rep. Mo Brooks (R-AL) is out with a plan to impose steep United States tariffs on China to force the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) to pay damages to the U.S. for unleashing the coronavirus pandemic on the world.

Brooks’ plan, called the COVID-19 Restitution Act, would establish immediate 10 percent tariffs on all China-made products imported to the U.S. market. Those tariffs would automatically increase by 10 percent every year until the president can certify that trillions have been collected to pay for all pandemic-related damages to the U.S.

“I am persuaded by the evidence that the Chinese Communist Party created COVID-19 in their Wuhan bioweapons lab,” Brooks said in a statement. “Making matters worse, China’s subsequent lies about the contagiousness and lethality of COVID-19 increased the tragic loss of life and economic damage to America and Americans.”

Chinese virologist Shi Zhengli (L) is seen inside the P4 laboratory in Wuhan, capital of China’s Hubei province on February 23, 2017. (JOHANNES EISELE/AFP via Getty Images)

The funds collected through the tariffs on China would go to pay for Americans’ loss of earnings, medical expenses, loss of death, and financial losses of U.S. businesses, among other things. The tariff-collected funds would also fully reimburse financial losses suffered by states and localities.

Other countries, the plan details, would be encouraged by the U.S. Secretary of State to adopt similar policies forcing China to reimburse them for their pandemic-related damages.

“China lied, people died, and China should compensate for the damage done … communist China should be treated exactly how any American company would be treated if it artificially created a virus, more deadly and dangerous, and thereafter released it on an unsuspecting world,” Brooks said.

From 2001 to 2018, U.S. free trade with China has cost Alabama at least 50,700 jobs or about 2.5 percent of the state’s employment. In Tennessee, at least 73,800 jobs have been displaced, while in North Carolina, nearly 148,000 have been displaced.

A previous study found that permanent 25 percent tariffs on China-made products imported to the U.S. market would create a million American jobs in five years. Most of those new jobs would be in the manufacturing sector where every one job supports an additional 7.4 jobs in supporting industries.

Reps. Scott DesJarlais (R-TN) and Madison Cawthorn (R-NC) are co-sponsoring the bill.

In contrast, President Joe Biden is being lobbied by a coalition of Democrats and Republicans to cut tariffs on China at the behest of the business lobby that produces and manufactures their products overseas rather than in the U.S.

Trump has endorsed Brooks in the Alabama Senate race, as well as Reps. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA), Barry Moore (R-AL), Sens. Ted Cruz (R-TX), Rand Paul (R-KY), Americans for Legal Immigration (ALIPAC), and the National Association for Gun Rights, among others.

The Republican primary in the race is on May 24.

John Binder is a reporter for Breitbart News. Email him at Follow him on Twitter here


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