Rep. Curbelo Continues to Fight for Zika Funding
Washington, D.C.—Rep. Carlos Curbelo (FL-26) has once again called upon the Senate to pass adequate Zika funding.
“For months I have called upon Congress to provide adequate funding to respond to the Zika virus. The 14 cases of locally transmitted Zika in the state of Florida—the first reported cases in the country—are a cause for alarm. The House has acted by adopting the Conference Report to the Military Construction and Veterans Affairs and Related Agencies Appropriations Act which includes $1.1 billion to be used for Zika eradication efforts. However, the Senate has refused to consider this legislation. It’s time for the Senate to put politics aside and do what’s best for American families by adopting the conference report. The Administration has at its disposal $385 million dollars which can be used towards the Zika emergency, but has yet to release these funds. Like the Senate, the Administration should keep politics out of this issue and employ these funds to support efforts in our community to contain and eliminate the threat this represents to public health and the economy. Zika is a dangerous disease, and as legislators, we must do everything in our power to protect Americans."