Congress Zika Virus

The Senate Will Vote On the Same Failed Zika Bill Then Go On Vacation

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

This package of legislation has already failed once, but Senate Republican leadership will bring it up for a vote again before they leave town for an exceedingly long recess.

The Senate will vote on the Zika funding bill that partially defunds Obamacare and Planned Parenthood and eliminates certain environmental regulations, among other things.

Senator Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) has released a statement condemning the bill and explaining why Senate Democrats will block it.

As I repeat, it’s a mockery of how congress should treat an emergency. What does it do?

It restricts funding for birth control provided by Planned Parenthood.
It exempts pesticide spraying from the Clean Water Act.
It cuts veterans’ funding by $500 million below the Senate bill.
It cuts Ebola funding by $107 million.
It rescinds $543 million from Obamacare.
It strikes a prohibition on displaying the Confederate flag that was in the House bill.

Why then would the Republican leader waste the Senate’s time on this? This conference report isn’t going any place. The Senate will not pass this Republican conference report. President Obama would not sign this into law.

Unless Republican leadership decides to alter their schedule, this will be among the last votes taken before the Senate joins the House on a 7-week recess.

By the time Congress returns to Washington the Summer Olympic games will already be over and there's no telling how many people could spread the virus between now and then. Nearly 4,000 people in the U.S. have already been infected with the virus including as many as 500 pregnant women.

Given that the House has already moved on, we can say with certainty that Congress will not pass a bill to fully fund the fight against the virus before nearly the end of Summer, if ever.

In case you're wondering why this year's congressional recess will be so long, it's because of the Olympics occupying the month of August.

  • muselet

    But the scourge of pornography is the public health crisis the Rs want to tackle! Won’t somebody please think of the children! Zika is a distraction from Benghazi! Benghazi!! Benghazi!!! And Hillary Clinton’s emails!

    The Rs are intellectually and morally bankrupt.


  • Aynwrong

    It cuts veterans’ funding by $500 million below the Senate bill.</blockquote

    Destructive levels of stupidity has reached officially measurable proportions. Somebody change the sign.

  • Badgerite

    Explain to me why the ‘flag waving’ GOP wants to cut Veterans Benefits by $500 million? Jesus. Donald Trump really is the perfect candidate for them, ,,,,,the Intellectually and Morally Bankrupt Party. IMBP!

    • Victor the Crab

      Because they don’t give a fuckity fuck about Veterans like they do the Military Industrial Complex.

  • Georgie

    “Olympics occupying the month of August”, I hope none of the congressmen and women don’t get the Zika virus if they go to Brazil, that would be to sad.