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Opinion Pieces Urge Congress To Reconvene, Pass Zika Funding Bill

CNBC: Hey Congress: We have the power to stop Zika, but we need your help
Judith Monroe, president and CEO of the CDC Foundation

“…There are three actions our country must undertake to beat back Zika. First, I urge our nation’s leaders to reconvene Congress and work together across the aisle to push through a funding package compromise sufficient to address the outbreak; the administration has sought $1.9 billion to fight Zika. Second, I urge the private sector to step forward with additional support. … Third, I believe it is time for our country to establish an ongoing public health disaster rapid response fund … Our public health officials at the national, state, and local levels know how to fight Zika and prevent birth defects. Now, let’s give them the tools they need to get the job done — including the funding required to end this outbreak” (8/9).

The Hill: Congress must act immediately on Zika funding bill
Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.)

“…[F]or a variety of reasons, not least of which is political gamesmanship in the height of election season, Republicans and Democrats in Washington have failed the fundamental task of keeping the American people safe. … I urge my congressional colleagues to recognize the seriousness of the situation in South Florida, and the heightened threat [Zika] now represents to their own communities. I am ready and willing to return to Washington immediately to fulfill my responsibility to my constituents and the nation. Congress must pass a Zika funding bill that fulfills the president’s $1.9 billion request and provides a critical infusion of much-needed resources to impacted states and communities” (8/10).

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