Florida Congressional Democrats push Paul Ryan for action on Zika funding

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Washington, DC, July 14, 2016 | comments

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Florida Congressional Democrats push Paul Ryan for action on Zika funding

U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz and Democratic members of the Florida Congressional delegation sent a letter urging House Speaker Paul Ryan to act on Zika.

Partisan gridlock remains over Zika funding while the House is poised to recess Friday. In the Senate,Marco Rubio has joined Bill Nelson and the Democrats in calling for $1.9 billion in federal funding.

From the Florida House Democrats' letter:

"Florida Democrats stood united in demanding Speaker Paul Ryan act on the Zika virus before the Congressional recess. This is a serious public health crisis, which House Republicans have shamefully responded to with endless delays and refusals to provide the funding our public health experts have said we need to properly tackle Zika.  The number of Floridians with Zika is growing by the day. It is unconscionable for House Republicans to send Members home for seven weeks without passing legislation that would meaningfully address this deadly disease. This crisis falls squarely at their feet, and the House of Representatives should not recess until we do the job we were elected to do and help keep the American people healthy and safe.”

The letter was signed by Florida Democrats in the House: Lois FrankelAlcee HastingsTed Deutch,Patrick MurphyFrederica WilsonCorrine BrownAlan GraysonGwen Graham and Kathy Castor.

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