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WASHINGTON, D.C. (LifeSiteNews) — The Biden White House is refusing to give a straight answer on whether or not the Commander in Chief plans to sign a bipartisan bill requiring the declassification of all documents related to the origins of the COVID-19 outbreak.

The hesitation comes after the “COVID-19 Origin Act of 2023,” first introduced in the Senate by Republican U.S Sen. Josh Hawley Missouri, achieved unanimous approval from both chambers of Congress in the past weeks.

Though some predicted the bill would become law given that U.S. President Joe Biden hadn’t preemptively suggested he’d veto it, White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre appeared to throw cold water on those predictions Thursday.

READ: House unanimously approves bill requiring Biden admin to declassify COVID origin documents

During a March 16 press conference, a reporter asked Jean-Pierre whether she had “an answer now as to whether or not the president will sign the COVID origins intelligence bill that was unanimously passed?”

“So, we’re looking at it,” the press secretary responded, adding that Biden’s team has “continued to share information with members of congress.”

She argued that Biden “asked his intelligence community to double down” on seeking to determine the origins of the virus outbreak early in his administration, “because we believe it’s important to get to the bottom of this.”

According to Jean-Pierre, the administration would “share” the assessments of the Intelligence Committee on that score once they have “clearly” established their conclusions.

However, with regard to the unanimously approved bipartisan legislation to declassify documents, Jean-Pierre merely repeated that the administration is “taking a look” at it.

The White House’s stonewalling comes after news broke late last month that the U.S. Department of Energy had concluded with “low confidence” in a “classified intelligence report” that the outbreak “most likely” originated from a Chinese lab leak, a theory long advanced by conservatives but initially denounced by the legacy media as a “conspiracy theory.”

READ: US Department of Energy now concludes COVID-19 escaped from Chinese lab: report

The FBI also reportedly believes that the virus likely escaped from a Chinese laboratory.