Senate Returns From 7 Week Vaca and Fails to Pass Zika Bill

Senate Returns From 7 Week Vaca and Fails to Pass Zika Bill

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Congress has returned from one of their longest vacations in years — 7 weeks.  But some things never change. A third attempt to pass funding to deal with the Zika virus failed. Why? Because Republicans won’t give in on added provisions not related to Zika funding and Democrats won’t give in.

The Senate has been working to approve $1.9 billion in emergency funding to deal with the Zika virus which can cause brain damage and birth defects in infants.  As the Senate struggles to address the problem and obstruction remains the order of the day on Capitol Hill, seven new Zika cases were reported in South Florida and pregnant women have been instructed to exercise a great deal of precaution.  In August 56 people have contracted the Zika virus in Miami Beach.

Translation: Congress has returned to it’s same old games — or at least the Senate has. The House voted tonight at 6:30 p.m. on two non controversial measures.

The provisions Senate Republicans have added to the Zika funding bill would make access to contraception more difficult for women (of course) and weaken regulations regarding pesticide use — something environmentalists aren’t happy about. There’s also a provision that would allow Confederate flags to fly at military veterans cemeteries — top priorities.

“If we don’t get new money, we won’t be able to do things at a pace that is necessary and appropriate to the urgency of this threat,” said Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases today as the Senate played obstruction games.

Congress has returned. And so has obstruction.

 

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Lauren Victoria Burke
Lauren Victoria Burke is a writer, comms strategist and political analyst. She created Crewof42 in 2009. The blog focuses on African American members of Congress and Black political power regardless of party. Ms. Burke also writes for NBC BLK, The Root, NNPA and is the Managing Editor of Politic365. As part of a diverse career in politics and media, she has also served as a congressional staffer for the U.S. Senate Democratic Policy Committee, Communications Director for U.S. Rep. Andre Carson (D-IN) and Director of Communications for Justin Fairfax of Lt. Governor of Virginia. She appears each Monday on weekly on NewsOneNow with Roland Martin on TVOne. Ms. Burke holds a B.A. in History from The American University. Email: LBurke007@gmail.com. Twitter: @LVBurke.

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