157 Days. . . And Still, Congress Has Not Acted
The President requested emergency funding to fight Zika on Feb. 22. Now the virus is starting to spread.
This just in from the Washington Post:
“Florida officials on Friday announced the first local spread of Zika virus through infected mosquitoes in the continental United States.
“Gov. Rick Scott made the announcement during a press conference Friday after a health department investigation into four suspected cases in Miami-Dade and Broward counties.”
On Wednesday, the FDA directed South Florida blood banks to stop accepting blood donations until they can be tested for the virus.
President Obama requested $1.9 billion in emergency funding to fight Zika on February 22. According to a website that’s tracking the time, that was 157 days and 17 hours ago. Congress has done nothing.
Which will come first, congressional funding to fight the spread of the Zika virus? Or the first American baby with microcephaly due to the virus?
Dan Farber has written and taught on environmental and constitutional law as well as about contracts, jurisprudence and legislation. Currently at Berkeley Law, he has al…READ more