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Cole Responds to Zika Cases in Florida

July 29, 2016
Press Release
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Tom Cole (OK-04) released the following statement after the state of Florida confirmed that the four diagnosed cases of the Zika virus were caused by domestic mosquitos. The House of Representatives has provided more than $1.1 billion for the Zika response efforts, but it has yet to pass in the Senate.
“The news from Florida is an alarming sign that Zika has started to seriously make its way to the United States,” said Cole. “We cannot simply stand by and let this virus spread, when we know we have the resources readily available. The Zika Conference Report is an immediate implementation of response efforts, and sadly, the Democrats have no sense of urgency or a timeline to get this through the Senate. Time and time again we have fought to get this funding of more than $1.1 billion passed in the other chamber, but the Democratic priority has been to ignore our veterans and military, which are included in the same bill, and ignore the threat that is now on our shores.”