With Zika in Illinois, Davis Calls on President to Re-Direct Millions in Unspent Ebola Funding to Fight Zika
U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis (R-Ill.) today called on President Obama to immediately re-direct $589 million in unspent Ebola response funding to prevent the spread of the Zika virus. More than 1,600 cases of the Zika virus have been confirmed in the U.S. and according to the Illinois Department of Public Health, 46 cases were reported in Illinois last week.
“President Obama has nearly $600 million in funding at his disposal that could be used immediately to prevent the spread of Zika,” said Davis. “This funding could go a long way to expanding mosquito control programs, accelerating vaccine research and development, and educating the public about prevention methods – all of which the administration has said it needs to combat the virus. The House passed a plan earlier this year to provide $1.1 billion in funding to fight Zika but Democrats in the Senate continue to block it. It’s time to stop playing politics and come together to fight Zika.”
The House passed a fully-paid-for plan in May to provide $622 million in new funding to combat the Zika virus. On top of the $589 million in left-over Ebola funding, which means Congress has appropriated a total of $1.2 billion to prevent the spread of this virus. However, Democrats in the Senate have twice voted to block this bicameral plan.