Curbelo Advocates for Additional Funding to Combat Zika
Washington, D.C.—Today, the House of Representatives considered H.R. 5243, The Zika Response Appropriations Act, 2016. Rep. Curbelo released the following statement after voting against the bill:
“Regrettably this bill falls short in funding the fight against Zika and offers no guarantee that efforts to combat the virus will be adequately supported after September 30 of this year. To remedy this, earlier this week I submitted an amendment to the Committee on Rules that would allow funds provided in this bill to be available until fully expended. Unfortunately it was not ruled in order.
The threat posed by the Zika virus does not cease at the end of the government’s fiscal year, and rescinding funds in this bill on September 30 would provide little confidence that Congress is truly committed to fighting the disease.
As the Member of Congress representing the country’s southernmost district -closest to the region where this disease is currently wreaking havoc- I am acutely aware of the impacts Zika will have if not contained and eradicated. We have seen multiple cases of Zika in South Florida, including 44 cases in Miami Dade County and 112 cases throughout the state. The consequences for pregnant women and children -both born and unborn- are dire. Congress must provide agencies tasked with combatting the disease the necessary resources and the long-term certainty to fully eradicate this virus. I cannot vote for this half-hearted, short-sighted effort, and I remain in strong support of funding the Administration's $1.9 billion Zika response request."