Rep. Mike Gallagher (R-WI) (Francis Chung/POLITICO via AP Images)

Lead House spon­sor of WuXi-linked bill to leave Con­gress ear­ly

Rep. Mike Gal­lagher (R-WI), the lead spon­sor of a close­ly watched bill that would pre­vent many US bio­phar­ma com­pa­nies from do­ing busi­ness with WuXi and po­ten­tial­ly oth­er Chi­nese bio­phar­ma com­pa­nies, is leav­ing his post next month, the con­gress­man an­nounced Fri­day.

Gal­lagher, who chairs the House Se­lect Com­mit­tee on the Chi­nese Com­mu­nist Par­ty, had pre­vi­ous­ly an­nounced his plans to not run for re-elec­tion next No­vem­ber, but he will now leave of­fice April 19. It’s un­clear if his de­par­ture will hurt the chances of pass­ing the bill, known as the BIOSE­CURE Act, as it gained trac­tion among oth­er law­mak­ers across both cham­bers of Con­gress and on both sides of the aisle.

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