After House Republicans Call on Obama Administration to Reallocate Existing Funds, HHS Announces $81M to Combat Zika
MIAMI – Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart (FL-25) released the following statement after the Department of Health and Human Services announced it will reallocate $81 million to fight the Zika virus.
"House Republicans, led by Speaker Ryan and Chairman Rogers, have been calling on the White House for several months to reallocate existing funds to continue addressing the Zika response. The White House has stubbornly refused. The House voted on and passed two pieces of legislation that would provide immediate and direct funding to combat, treat, and respond with clear guidelines as to how the money would be allocated. Yet, with the support of the White House, Senate Democrats blocked legislation not once, but twice. I'm glad the Administration finally came around and listened to Speaker Ryan and Chairman Rogers, but it didn't have to come down to this. The Administration could have chosen to take this action months ago, but refused. I urge Senate Democrats to reconsider the two pieces of legislation they have before them, so that we can get urgently needed resources to affected regions."