Wednesday, April 06, 2016

Zika is a problem

And one of the elements of that problem affects their beloved fetuses in the womb. If you thought for a moment the Congressional Fetus People would happily and generously provide funds to protect their beloved masses of germ cells, what the hell are you smoking?
The Obama administration will take $589 million in existing federal funds — most of which were intended to combat the Ebola virus — and spend the money instead on fighting the spread of the Zika virus.

The move, which federal officials described as a stopgap measure, came after GOP congressional leaders refused to provide $1.9 billion in emergency funds to limit transmission of Zika in the United States and abroad. In a conference call with reporters, the officials said they would reprogram $510 million in Ebola funds and $79 million in other resources to prepare for and respond to Zika.

“These repurposed funds are not enough to support a comprehensive Zika response,” said Office of Management and Budget Director Shaun Donovan. The government was compelled to take the step because without it several key initiatives “would have to be delayed or curtailed or stopped within months,” he added. “We cannot wait for the fall.”

Donovan said lawmakers were acting recklessly by refusing to grant the administration’s request to support activities including mosquito control and vaccine research.

“We should not play with fire here,” Donovan said. “We want to be clear that Congress needs to act immediately. We cannot wait.”

Members of the Senate Appropriations Committee said they expect to discuss additional funding to combat Zika in the annual spending process that is currently underway. Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.), who chairs the subcommittee that oversees federal health and human services issues, said he is still assessing how long the Ebola funds will last and how much additional money is needed.

“It does meet the immediate need,” Blunt said. “I think we’re going to continue to talk about what we’re going to do to get us to a better place in the future.”
I imagine that the GOP is holding back to see if it creates enough future GOP microcephalics. If so it would be money well not spent.


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