HOUSTON (Aug. 29, 2016) –
House Republicans are playing with our lives when they play political games and
refuse to fund Zika virus treatment and research.
Last year, we learned
the Zika virus was on its way to America. In February, the President
asked Congress for $1.9 billion in emergency funding for mosquito control,
treatment, and development of a vaccine. House Republicans slashed that request
by almost 50%, to $1.1 billion, and then, in August, left for a month-long
vacation without passing the requested legislation or approving any funds for
this critical effort. Not a penny!
The fact is that House
Republicans, including John Culberson, control Congress andwill not allow a
vote on a “clean” Zika bill, without any adding unrelated provisions
addressing displays of the confederate flag, amendments to the Clean Water Act,
or unpopular restrictions on Planned Parenthood.
It is crystal clear
which party puts political games ahead of our health andour babies’
I am running for
Congress because I am tired of our do-nothing Congress.
gridlock in faraway Washington,
DC, threatens the lives of
Houstonians right here and now, it’s no laughing matter and it’s not a game.
It’s a matter of our elected officials not being responsible to the people who
elected them. And, now, it’s also a matter of life and death.