Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart

Representing the 25th District of FLORIDA

Diaz-Balart: H.R. 897 Removes Burdensome Regulations to Combat Zika

May 24, 2016
Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart (FL-25) released the following statement after the passage of H.R. 897, the Zika Vector Control Act.

“In order to properly combat Zika, we must get to the root of the problem and begin the extermination of the carrier mosquitos. Yet proper extermination is hindered by numerous and complicated regulations set in place by the Environmental Protection Agency. By removing these burdensome regulations imposed by the EPA, this bill is a step forward in the fight against the Zika virus. It is also crucial that the Senate begin consideration of this bill, as well as H.R. 5243, the Zika Response Appropriations Act of 2016, which was passed in the House last week.

“The House of Representatives, led by Speaker Ryan, have come up with commonsense solutions to fight Zika, yet constant veto threats coming from the White House show how President Obama is more interested in putting politics ahead of the safety and health of the American people.”