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August 1, 2016

August 1, 2016 | News Releases on

Zika Team in Florida

President Obama is sending a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention team to Florida in response to a request from Florida Gov. Rick Scott to help fight the increased threat from the Zika virus after the state confirmed that 14 cases of the virus were contracted locally.

"The president’s request for Zika could be paid for with Ebola funds,” said budget expert Paul Winfree. “In total, there are about $2.77 billion in unobligated balances from the 2015 fiscal year Ebola emergency supplemental appropriation that could be used towards a Zika response. However, by using the Zika emergency supplemental to move the proposal forward, the president seems to be trying to capitalize on the recent disease outbreak in order to get his proposed policy through while avoiding having to pay for the policy change.”

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