NEWS: 200 Days Since the President’s Zika Funding Request, Florida Voters Demand Action from Mica on Zika Emergency

Mica has voted eight times to block up-or-down vote on President’s Zika funding request 

MAITLAND – To mark 200 days since the President first requested funding for the Zika emergency to help states like Florida, a group of Florida women today hand delivered 200 fact sheets on the Zika virus to U.S. Congressman John Mica’s congressional office in Maitland – fact sheets that outline Mica’s obstruction to critical Zika funding and calling for him to give the President’s request an up-or-down vote in Congress.

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Former national security specialist and Democratic nominee for Congress Stephanie Murphy said the partisan gridlock on Zika funding is another clear example of what’s wrong with Washington.

Statement from Stephanie Murphy:

“During my time at the Department of Defense, I helped coordinate efforts to address the bird flu outbreak in Asia that potentially threatened the United States, and I can tell you firsthand that it is both irresponsible and downright dangerous to play politics with viruses like Zika. Once again, I call on Congressman Mica to stop pointing fingers and to start leading on this issue.

“Expectant mothers and women are most at risk with the Zika virus, and I’m appalled at Republican attempts to strip away funding and resources that would help women in Florida deal with this health crisis. These partisan battles and gridlock are just more examples of what is wrong with Washington.

“Congressman Mica continues to join his obstructionist allies in playing politics instead of holding an up-or-down vote on the President’s request for emergency resources, and in the meantime, the Zika crisis continues to impact more and more Florida families. Florida women and families deserve better.”

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NEWS: Mica Comes Back from 7-Week Recess, Votes 8th Time to Block Zika Funding Bill

ORLANDO – Former national security specialist and Democratic nominee for Congress Stephanie Murphy today criticized Republican Congressman John Mica for voting to block additional funding for the Zika virus immediately after returning to D.C. following a seven-week recess.

Statement from Stephanie Murphy:

“Given that Congressman Mica happily joined the Republican-led House in taking the longest recess in decades without ensuring funding to fight the Zika emergency, it is extremely disappointing, but not surprising, that he came back to D.C. and voted for the eighth time to block a bill that provides the resources needed for Zika response.

“Congressman Mica continues to join his obstructionist allies in playing politics instead of holding an up-or-down vote on the President’s request for emergency resources, and in the meantime, the Zika crisis continues to impact more and more Florida families. Florida women and families deserve better.”

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Stephanie Murphy is an educator, executive, and former national security specialist who is the Democratic nominee for U.S. Congress in Florida’s Seventh Congressional District. Stephanie currently works as an executive at Sungate Capital where she is responsible for leading investment efforts and implementing government affairs initiatives. She is also an instructor of business and social entrepreneurship at Rollins College. Previously, Stephanie served as a national security specialist in the Office of the Secretary of Defense where she received numerous awards for her distinguished service, including the Secretary of Defense Medal for Exceptional Civilian Service. Stephanie lives in Winter Park with her husband and two children, Liem and Maya ages, five and two.