(Washington, D.C.) –Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), top Democrat on the Labor, Health, and Human Services Appropriations subcommittee, issued the following statement after the House and Senate conferees met to discuss legislation in response to the Zika virus.
“Across the country, expecting mothers and fathers are wondering what Congress is going to do about the Zika virus, and they have gone far too long without an answer. The window to effectively address this frightening virus gets more narrow every day. We need to ramp up vector control, accelerate development of a vaccine, and critically, ensure that women have the health and contraceptive care they need in light of Zika.
“I urge House Republicans to agree to drop their partisan, underfunded proposal, treat Zika like the public health emergency it is, and join us to send the Senate’s bipartisan emergency funding agreement to the President’s desk as quickly as possible. Time is not on our side, and since we have a bipartisan agreement on a strong first step in response to Zika, we shouldn’t waste another moment getting it signed into law.”