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McCollum Calls for Urgent Action to Address Zika Crisis

September 7, 2016
Press Release

Congresswoman Betty McCollum (DFL-Minn.) delivered remarks on the Zika crisis on House Floor Wednesday afternoon. The Congresswoman’s remarks followed the House’s return from a seven-week recess called by House Republicans, the longest summer recess of the modern era. The Congresswoman’s full remarks are below and video is available here:

“Mr. Speaker, I rise today to demand this House act on the Zika crisis. The Zika virus is being transmitted by mosquitoes right inside the United States now. Parts of Miami are under Zika-related travel warnings. The total number of American cases has climbed to almost 17,000, including 1,600 expecting mothers.

Six months ago, the public health experts told us what they needed to address Zika. House Republicans have ignored those experts. Now, the Centers for Disease Control and state public health agencies are running out of money for Zika response. The CDC Director tells us that the money to fight this disease will be gone by the end of September. The NIH Director has warned that Congressional inaction is cannibalizing resources for other public health needs.

Families in states like Florida, Louisiana, and Texas are in danger. They cannot wait any longer for Congress to act. This House must give our public health experts the resources they need and help keep the American people safe.”