Legislation to Punish China for Coronavirus Is on Track to Outpace Counterterrorism Proposals After 9/11

But it took nearly a year and a half for Congress to file roughly 130 such measures in the wake of 9/11, according to Anna Ashton, the head of government affairs at the U.S.-China Business Council.

"I think a lot of it is political posturing. But that doesn't mean it is unfounded political posturing," Ashton told Newsweek. "I think it certainly makes sense people are questioning how the outbreak unfolded and how it was initially handled."