Wednesday, June 15, 2016

DeLauro Statement on the First Zika Conference Committee Meeting

WASHINGTON, DC — Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (CT-03) today released the following statement regarding the first meeting of the Zika Conference Committee.

“Today’s Zika Conference Committee meeting was a sham, nothing more than an opportunity for Republicans to act as though they are addressing one of the most urgent public health crises of our time. More time was spent setting up the room than on the meeting itself, the meeting had no substance, there was no opportunity to offer amendments, and there was no timeline of when we will meet again.

“The Committee must meet again immediately, come to an agreement, and fully fund the President’s $1.9 billion emergency supplemental request. Summer is here and the mosquitos are biting. We are only weeks out from the first locally acquired Zika cases and while we delay; we are leaving women and children at risk. The American people need us to act and they need us to act now.”

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