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Congressman Ruben Gallego

Representing the 7th District of Arizona

Congressman Gallego Calls on House Republicans to Stop Blocking Zika Funding

September 22, 2016
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Mr. Speaker:

19,000 and Counting. That’s the number of people with confirmed cases of Zika in America. So far.

1,800 and Counting. The number of pregnant women in the U.S. with confirmed cases of Zika. So far.

17 and Counting. The number of babies born with birth defects related to the Zika virus. So far.

Six months and Counting. And that’s how long ago President Obama asked Congress to do its job and provide supplemental funding to combat the virus.

Mr. Speaker, how many more American must suffer before House Republicans realize that the health of our families matters more than politics?

How many more pregnant women must receive the devastating news that they’ve contracted the virus before the GOP leadership stops playing games with American lives?  

Instead of heeding the pleas of the CDC, public health experts, and the medical community, House Republicans revealed their true priorities when they decided to hold Zika funding hostage over women’s health care and the confederate flag. 

That’s just wrong, Mr. Speaker.

Let’s protect pregnant women.  Let’s save vulnerable infants.  Let’s pass a clean Zika funding bill. 

Thank you.  I yield back.