Diaz-Balart: Senate Democrats Choose to Play Politics Over Combating Zika
WASHINGTON – Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart (FL-25) released the following statement after Senate Democrats voted to block the final conference report for H.R. 2577, the Military Construction and Veterans Affairs and Zika Response Appropriations Act.
“I’m extremely disappointed the Senate voted against Zika funding that was passed by the House last week. The report would have made $1.1 billion immediately available to continue fighting the disease, and these funds are especially needed as we head into the summer months. As we learned today, the first baby in Florida with Zika-related microcephaly was born, and the further spread of the virus, especially among pregnant women, is a danger to millions of Americans. By voting against this funding, Senate Democrats are prioritizing playing politics over combating a growing public health problem. It is imperative that Senate Democrats quit trying to seek political points and move quickly to provide and spend every dollar needed for Zika prevention, treatment, and response programs, and not one penny less. Zika is a serious health concern that has real potential to become a public health crisis in our state. This is not the time for Senate Democrats to be playing politics, and I urge the Senate to reconsider the bill for final passage.”