By Haley Strack
June 6, 2021
The U.S. Innovation and Competition Act, or so-called “Endless Frontier Act,” has been lauded as a force against China’s technological dominance, but it’s turning into a giant pile of special-interest pork that increases taxpayer outlays for grotesque medical research that splices the bodies of animals with those of aborted human babies.
After weeks of Senate floor debate and more than 600 proposed amendments, the Senate will vote on the bill, first introduced by Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., and Sen. Todd Young, R-In., this Tuesday. Growing concern from Senate Republicans over its ethical and practical effectiveness and its $250 billion spending surge has undercut support for the bill.
The bill’s purpose has been watered down by special interest groups undergoing a feeding frenzy on a rare bill that seems likely to pass a narrowly divided Congress.
“Everyone knows this thing is going to pass, so every lobbyist wants to add everything they can,” Rep. Ro Khanna told Politico.
Congress has approved 215 amendments to the bill. Young even agreed the legislation was a magnet for special interests, but Senate Republicans seem poised to pass it anyway.
In May, Senate Republicans proposed an amendment that would prohibit the use or development of human-animal chimera, The Federalist reported. Chimera are essentially human-animal hybrids Frankensteined together in labs.
Under this bill, the scandal-plagued National Institute of Health (NIH) would receive billions of dollars for relatively unprotected research. According to guidelines that the NIH will most likely adopt, set by the International Society for Stem Cell Research, “in vitro culture of chimeric embryos (human cells into non- human embryos),” is permitted and allowed, and such research is “reportable, but not typically reviewed by a specialized oversight process.”
CEO and President of Concerned Women for America Penny Young Nance issued a statement renouncing the legislation on Friday, calling for a heightened awareness of ethical research practices and more responsible policy measures.
“Enabling [chimera] research to go unchecked raises severe ethical concerns,” Nance wrote. “The dignity of human life at every stage of development must be respected and protected. There is nothing in this bill to ensure the U.S. and partners abide by ethical standards that the American people expect with the billions in taxpayer funds going to such activities.”
Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, previously introduced an amendment to prohibit funds for research involving aborted fetal tissue and Sen. Mike Braun, R-In., proposed an amendment that would prohibit certain types of human-animal chimeras. Both amendments were struck down.
Instead, amendments were passed to almost double the budget of the National Science Foundation (NSF), funnel millions into already-funded intelligence activities, and award scholarships to undergraduate and graduate students researching artificial intelligence — but only if their institution has “a diverse and non-traditional student population.”
On Friday, the Citizens for Renewing America issued a statement encouraging the Senate to reevaluate whether the provisions in the bill matched its purpose.
“The new directorate is redundant to already existing technological development efforts being performed at The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, the security protocols in place at the NSF are inadequate to protect from guaranteed intellectual property theft and espionage on the receiving end of these grants, and the mindset underpinning S. 1260 is fundamentally at odds with the American spirit that has made our republic a marvel of mankind,” the statement read.
The United States can’t beat China by emulating its utter disregard for medical ethics and human rights. If anything, this bill will discourage innovation and healthy market competition by industrializing and centralizing the science-technology sector — all while American taxpayers foot the $250 billion bill.
A bipartisan effort to beat China can’t be composed of special interests that put their own private interests over those of Americans as a whole, especially when those special interests actively attack human dignity by harvesting the flesh of murdered babies.