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Cole Responds to Senate Failure to Reconsider Zika Conference Report

July 15, 2016
Press Release
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Tom Cole (OK-04) released the following statement after the Senate failed to reconsider the Zika Conference Report, the legislation targeted at funding the Zika virus response efforts. The conference report had previously failed to pass in the Senate on its first attempt.
 
“Democrats in the Senate continue to put their political agenda ahead of the immediate needs of the American people,” said Cole. “This virus remains a serious public health crisis, yet the Democrats would rather have a phony political issue than a serious effort to ensure the funding exists for the long term efforts to eradicate this disease.
 
“Chairman Rogers, Chairman Cochran, myself and several of my colleagues have sent a letter to the President urging him to fulfill his promise to provide resources to fight Zika, and to use existing funds in the place of the funding that has not been passed in the Senate,” continued Cole. “I am deeply concerned that our efforts to fight Zika are being thwarted by Senate Democrats and the Obama White House for political purposes. This is not only wrong, it’s highly irresponsible.”
 
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