Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart

Representing the 25th District of FLORIDA

Diaz-Balart: Senate Democrats Put Politics Before the Health of the American People

Sep 6, 2016
Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart (FL-25) released the following statement after Senate Democrats blocked a vote to advance Zika funding for the third time.

“For the third time in as many months, Senate Democrats have once again put politics before the health of the American people. Just last week, I saw firsthand the work our local governments are putting towards fighting Zika on the frontline, and immediate funding from the federal government is desperately needed. Instead of blocking this funding and using political rhetoric to defend their actions, Senate Democrats should have supported this legislation so that we can get urgently needed federal dollars to help prevent, treat, and combat the Zika virus. I believe we have to fund and spend every dollar needed to respond to the Zika virus, and not one penny less. Unlike my Democratic colleagues in the Senate, I remain committed to working with folks from both sides of the aisle to fund Zika response programs.”

Read background on Congressman Diaz-Balart’s Zika response efforts here.