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Obama Fails To Hold Democrats Accountable For Playing Politics With Zika Funding

- August 4, 2016

In June, Democrats In The Senate Filibustered A Zika-Fighting Spending Bill And Voted Down The Bill's Advancement. "Senate Democrats on Thursday voted to maintain their weeks-long filibuster of Zika-fighting money, sending Congress home for a seven-week recess without any additional funding for vaccine research or mosquito eradication." (Stephen Dinan And Tom Howell Jr. "Senate Democrats Maintain Filibuster, Block Zika Deal For Second Time," The Washington Times, 7/14/16)

  • Democrat VP Nominee Tim Kaine Joined His Democrat Allies In Preventing The Zika Bill From Even Reaching The Floor For An Official Vote. (H.R. 2577, Cloture Motion Rejected 52-44; R 52-0; D 44-0, 7/14/16, Kaine Voted Nay)

The Republican Supported Zika Bill Would Make $230,000,000 Available To The National Institute Of Allergy And Infectious Diseases. "For an additional amount for fiscal year 2016 for 'National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases,' $230,000,000, to remain available until September 30, 20 2017, for research on the virology, natural history, and pathogenesis of the Zika virus infection and preclinical and clinical development of vaccines and other medical countermeasures for the Zika virus and other vector-borne diseases, domestically and internationally." ("Conference Report To Accompany H.R. 2577," Senate Appropriations Committee, 114th Congress, 6/21/16)

The Republican Supported Zika Bill Would Make $476,000,000 Available To CDC-Wide Activities And Program Support. "For an additional amount for fiscal year 2016 for 'CDC-Wide Activities and Program Support', $476,000,000, to remain available until September 30, 2017, to prevent, prepare for, and respond to Zika virus, health conditions related to such virus, and other vector-borne diseases, domestically and internationally." ("Conference Report To Accompany H.R. 2577," Senate Appropriations Committee, 114th Congress, 6/21/16)

The Republican Supported Zika Bill Would Make $227,000,000 Available To The Public Health and Social Services Emergency Fund. "For an additional amount for fiscal year 2016 for 'Public Health and Social Services Emergency Fund', $227,000,000, to remain available until September 30, 2017, to prevent, prepare for, and respond to Zika virus, health conditions related to such virus, and other vector-borne diseases, domestically and internationally; to develop necessary countermeasures and vaccines, including the development and purchase of vaccines, therapeutics, diagnostics, necessary medical supplies, and administrative activities; for additional payments for distribution as provided for under the 'Social Services Block Grant Program'; and for carrying out sections 330 through 336 and 338 of the PHS Act." (Departments Of Transportation, And Housing And Urban Development, And Related Agencies For The Fiscal Year Ending September 30, 2016, And For Other Purposes." ("Conference Report To Accompany H.R. 2577," Senate Appropriations Committee, 114th Congress, 6/21/16)


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