Curbelo Continues to Advocate for Additional Zika Funding
Washington, D.C.—This morning, the House adopted the Conference Report to H.R. 2577, the Military Construction and Veterans Affairs and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2017. Included in this Report was $1.1 billion to fight the Zika virus. Rep. Curbelo offered the following statement after voting in favor of the Conference Report:
"This Conference Report includes a much needed increase of $2.9 billion for the Department of Veterans' Affairs to fund mental health and suicide prevention programs for our nation's bravest men and women. It also provides increased assistance for homeless veterans and rural health initiatives, and prevents the closure of Guantanamo Bay Naval Station.
The package also includes $1.1 billion of funding to contain and ultimately eradicate the Zika virus. As the Member representing the southernmost district in the United States, I have repeatedly advocated for the Administration's full request to ensure all agencies have the funds necessary to fight this dangerous virus which is especially threatening to pregnant women. I recently sent a letter to House and Senate Members of the Conference Committee, tasked with negotiating this bill, in support of full funding. While this bipartisan compromise fell short, it is a step in the right direction. Importantly, it avoids a funding cliff at the end of the summer which was a major flaw in the original House-passed Zika bill I opposed. I will continue to call for as much funding as possible to ensure the residents of South Florida, and the nation, are no longer threatened by the Zika virus."
The House adopted the Conference Report to H.R. 2577 by a vote of 239-171. The Senate is expected to consider the package in the next several days.