Davis Votes to Make it Easier for Farmers and Communities to Fight Zika
U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis (R-Ill.) this week voted for H.R. 897, the Zika Vector Control Act, which eliminates duplicative permitting requirements for mosquito control, to help our farmers and communities fight the spread of the Zika Virus and other mosquito borne diseases.
“This bill simply says that if the use of a pesticide is approved under the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act, then a second permit should not be required under the Clean Water Act,” said Davis. “We’re not saying these pesticides should not be regulated, but let’s only regulate them once. Some communities have reduced their mosquito control or abandoned it altogether because of the additional costs and paperwork requirements. This bill will make it easier and less costly for them to administer mosquito control – a critical part of preventing the spread of Zika. While the House passed a bill last week to provide emergency funding to eradicate Zika, we should do whatever we can to make it easier for our communities to act swiftly to combat this disease.”
Davis spoke in support of H.R. 897, which passed the House by a vote of 258-166 on Tuesday, May 24, 2016. The House Agriculture Subcommittee on Biotechnology, Horticulture, and Research, which Davis chairs, has jurisdiction over the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA).
CLICK HERE to view or download video and audio of Davis’ floor speech. CLICK HERE to read more about the House’s plan to fight Zika.