Walorski Supports Emergency Funding to Combat Zika Outbreak

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Walorski Supports Emergency Funding to Combat Zika Outbreak

Bill Provides $622.1 Million in Funding for Domestic and International Efforts Against Zika Virus

WASHINGTON – U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski (IN-02) today voted for H.R. 5243, the Zika Response Appropriations Act, which provides $622.1 million in fully-offset funding for domestic and international efforts to combat the global Zika virus outbreak. The bill passed the House by a vote of 241 to 184.

“The global outbreak of Zika virus is a public health crisis, and this bill provides the resources needed to ensure a robust response,” Congresswoman Walorski said. “These funds are critical to efforts at home and abroad to control the spread of this devastating disease and develop effective medical treatments for those affected.”

H.R. 5243 provides targeted funding to the Department of Health and Human Services, Department of State, and U.S. Agency for International Development for wide array of Zika response programs, including Zika-related health care and medical research, mosquito control, disease surveillance, public education, and emergency preparedness. The bill also contains strong oversight measures to ensure taxpayer funds are used responsibly and effectively.

Walorski represents the 2nd Congressional District of Indiana, serving as a member of the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee, House Armed Services Committee and House Committee on Agriculture.

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