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.
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.”