Washington – House Republican Conference Chair and Wyoming Congresswoman Liz Cheney (R-WY) issued the below statement after introducing legislation to rename the street outside the Chinese embassy in Washington, D.C. “Li Wenliang Plaza.” The bill honors the late Dr. Li Wenliang, the Wuhan-based doctor who warned the world about the coronavirus before the Chinese Communist Party silenced him. Senators Tom Cotton (R-AR), Ben Sasse (R-NE), Marco Rubio (R-FL), and Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) introduced a companion bill in the U.S. Senate.

“The Chinese Government attempted to silence Dr. Li Wenliang who, at great personal risk, warned about the danger of Coronavirus. While the Chinese Communist Party caused the virus to be spread around the globe, resulting in death and economic devastation, brave medical professionals like Dr. Li spoke truth to the regime. I am honored to introduce this legislation to rename the street in front of the Chinese Embassy after Dr. Li. May this serve as a constant reminder to the world and to the Chinese Government that truth and freedom will prevail, that we will not forget the bravery of Dr. Li, and that the Chinese Communist Party will be held accountable for the devastating impact of their lies.”

BACKGROUND:

Bill text may be found here.

See below for the other members of the House of Representatives who are original co-sponsors of this legislation:

  • Rep. Jodey Arrington (R-TX)
  • Rep. Jim Banks (R-IN)
  • Rep. Don Bacon (R-NE)
  • Rep. Rick Crawford (R-AR)
  • Rep. Dan Crenshaw (R-TX)
  • Rep. Mike Gallagher (R-WI)
  • Rep. Anthony Gonzalez (R-OH)
  • Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL)
  • Rep. Guy Reschenthaler (R-PA)
  • Rep. Greg Steube (R-FL)
  • Rep. Van Taylor (R-TX)
  • Rep. Michael Waltz (R-FL)
  • Rep. Joe Wilson (R-SC)
  • Rep. Ted Yoho (R-FL)