Senator Scott Votes to Provide Emergency Resources to Combat Zika Virus in U.S.

Washington – Today, Senator Scott (R-SC) released the following statement after voting for the Cornyn amendment to provide $1.1 billion in emergency funding for efforts to prepare for and respond to the Zika virus.

“Since we first learned about the potential impact of Zika on the America people, I have supported the need for the administration and Congress to find a way to address this impending issue and do so in the most fiscally responsible manner possible,” said Senator Scott. The measure I supported today was fully paid for, and will ensure health care professionals have the resources they need while allowing state and local officials to take necessary steps to eradicate mosquitoes that may carry the Zika virus.”

The Cornyn Amendment:

  • Appropriated $1.1 billion in supplemental funding to the Department of Health and Human Services and Department of State;
  • Offset this spending
  • Included a provision that would waive theClean Water Actpermit requirement so state and local authorities can more efficiently spray to protect against mosquitos year-round.

According to the CDC, there have been more than 1,200 cases of the Zika virus reported in the U.S. and the three territories, including one travel-associated case reported in South Carolina.

In February, during a hearing of the U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pension Committee, Senator Scott questioned public health officials about the possibility of Zika virus transmission in South Carolina. His questioning is HERE.