Please contact your Members of Congress and Senators ASAP to request that they support $1.9 billion in emergency funding for Zika.
As Environmental Health professionals, you all know that the best way to stop Zika is a strong investment in Vector Control programs and working within your communities. The White House, after speaking with scientists from around the country, has asked for $1.9 billion investment to both combat Zika virus and provide mosquito control.
The Senate is poised to pass a compromise bill for $1.1 billion today.
However, there are Senators who want this legislation to exempt state and local entities from federal permits to spray mosquito pesticides used for combating the Zika and West Nile viruses or Dengue fever. This would weaken the Clean Water Act.
Even worse, the House bill only commits $622 million for Zika, with half coming from Ebola funds. It’s just a terrible bill all around.
Therefore, we need your help today!
Please contact your Members of Congress and Senators ASAP and tell them:
- To support $1.9 billion in emergency funding for Zika without any language that would weaken the Clean Water Act.
- We cannot spray our way out of the Zika problem and rolling back the Clean Water Act and the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act is not acceptable.
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