Democrats block fight against Zika, reject GOP funding bill

Democrats block fight against Zika, reject GOP funding bill
The Zika-carrying mosquito Aedes aegypti, no longer on a solo mission in the Western hemisphere. (Image via News Independent)

“Democrats block Zika funding bill, blame GOP,” reported Politico today. “Senate Democrats rejected the GOP funding measure on Tuesday, 52-48, arguing that it would rob Obamacare of funding.” They also complain that it would provide some $800 million less than the Obama administration is requesting, although their objection means that “they are set to vote against a bill at funding levels they’ve already agreed to” earlier this year.

There were other ways of fighting Zika than passing a new spending bill, but the Obama administration has declined to use them. The administration illegally diverted money that could have been used to fight Zika to the UN’s Green Climate Fund. It also made it harder to fight Zika through red tape restricting chemical use.

The Obama administration has also thwarted new technologies against Zika. Former New York Lieutenant Governor Betsy McCaughey, who chairs the Committee to Reduce Infection Deaths, says the administration is fostering Zika’s spread through its anti-science policies:

Tragically, Obama’s Food and Drug Administration is delaying the release of genetically modified mosquitoes to kill Zika-carrying bugs. Pandering to eco-radicals. Even though the World Health Organization endorses this new technology, which can wipe out 90 percent of Zika mosquitoes in months.

Hans Bader

Hans Bader

Hans Bader practices law in Washington, D.C. After studying economics and history at the University of Virginia and law at Harvard, he practiced civil-rights, international-trade, and constitutional law. Hans also writes for CNS News and has appeared on C-SPAN’s “Washington Journal.”


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