VIDEO RELEASE | Ernst: Your taxpayer dollars should NOT fund our foreign adversaries 45_Ernst_Press_Release_-_tax_dollars_shouldnt_fund_foreign_adversaries

June 8, 2023 05:11 PM


Read original press release at Ernst.Senate.Gov.

More than $1.3 billion U.S. tax dollars have funded projects in Russia and China since 2017, according to a new analysis released by Senator Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) and Open the Books. This amount likely doesn’t reflect the total as federal agencies do not follow the trail of tax dollars to their final destination.

WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Senator Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) called out the Biden administration and federal bureaucrats for out-of-control spending without proper oversight and transparency. Ernst recently uncovered that at least 1.3 billion taxpayer dollars were sent to China and Russia for pointless pet projects, including over $2 million for risky research at the Wuhan Institute of Virology and over $770 thousand for experiments on cats on treadmills in Russia.


Ernst is the Senate’s biggest foe of reckless spending. Last week, she announced her TRACKS Act which brings badly needed transparency to how federal dollars are spent, holds the government accountable, and helps prevent taxpayers from supporting our adversaries.


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