Burr Statement on Democratic Zika Filibuster: Zika is Here Now, Congress Must Act

WASHINGTON – Today, Democratic Senate leadership voted again to block the Zika funding bill that would provide $1.1 billion to combat the Zika virus. Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) released the following statement on the vote:

“I am deeply disappointed that Democratic leaders continue to play political games with American lives,” said Senator Burr. “We know that the Zika virus can cause devastating birth defects and that it is spread by mosquitoes that can be found in large portions of the country, including North Carolina. The American people expect the government to take appropriate steps to keep pregnant women and their children safe from this serious disease. Mothers and their families who are most likely to be impacted by Zika don’t have months to wait—they are anxious for action now. Repeated attempts to block Zika funding to score political points are dangerous and unacceptable.”