Curbelo Continues to Advocate for Zika Funding, Hosts Roundtable

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Washington, August 18, 2016 | comments

Miami, Florida
—This evening, Rep. Carlos Curbelo (FL-26) hosted a roundtable with local stakeholders to address the Zika virus in Miami-Dade County and Florida’s 26th Congressional District. Rep. Curbelo released the following statement.

"As legislators, we must do everything in our power to protect Americans from the Zika virus, which is why funding the Zika response effort should be Congress’ top priority. Reports today coming from Miami Beach suggest that Zika may now be spreading in the area. The number of cases in Miami-Dade County also continues to grow. Today's roundtable was an excellent opportunity to bring together local stakeholders and health experts to discuss the current situation and raise awareness as children and families prepare to begin the new school year. I will continue working with Republicans and Democrats in Congress to make sure we can adequately respond to this threat to public health and to our economy here in South Florida and throughout the country."


Background on Rep. Curbelo's Zika eradication efforts:

  • On April 21, Curbelo introduced the Zika Eradication and Good Government Act, a bill that would ensure federal funds are disbursed to agencies tasked with fighting Zika.
  • On May 11, Reps. Curbelo, Bilirakis, and Diaz-Balart  met with Governor Rick Scott to discuss the need for Congress to come together and fund Zika eradication efforts. They also discussed Curbelo's bill, the Zika Eradcation and Good Government Act.
  • On May 18, Curbelo voted against H.R. 5243, the Zika Response Appropriations Act, because it did not guarantee funds would be made available after the end of this fiscal year.
  • On May 26, Curbelo supported a package of military and Zika related bills, which included a bipartisan compromise on Zika funding of $1.1 billion.
  • On June 3, Curbelo and Senator Rubio held a joint press conference in Miami, Florida, urging their colleagues in the House and Senate to to pass Zika funding when they return to session.
  • On June 21, in a letter to Congressional Conferees appointed to H.R. 4794/H.R. 5243, Curbelo urged his colleagues to support the Conference Report which included $1.1 billion to fight the Zika virus.
  • On June 23, with Curbelo's support, the House adopted the Conference Report to H.R. 2577, which included $1.1 billion to fight Zika.
  • On July 13, Curbelo spoke on the House Floor to urge the Senate to unite and provide funding to eradicate this disease that could devastate our communities.
  • On August 4, Curbelo spoke to CNN's Carol Costello about the need for Congress to act responsibly to address the long-term threats of Zika. 
  • On August 4, Curbelo traveled to Wynwood and met with the Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to discuss the need for additional funds to be allocated to the state of Florida.
  • On August 18, Curbelo hosted a roundtable with local stakeholders and health experts to discuss the current Zika situation and raise awareness for families.
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