MESSAGE FROM THE DEMOCRATIC WHIP
As Congress returned this week from the August district work period, House Republicans continued to ignore critical issues that need to be addressed. With only three weeks left until the end of the fiscal year, Congress must take action to fund the government past September 30. Republicans in Congress continue to be deeply divided on a path forward. Rather than appease their extreme Members and put government funding at risk, I urge Republican leaders to work with Democrats to responsibly fund the government.
It is unacceptable that House Republicans have failed to take action to address the Zika virus. American lives are at stake—more than 16,800 Americans have contracted the virus, including nearly 1,600 pregnant women, and already seventeen babies have been born with birth defects related to the Zika virus. In August, Dr. Tom Frieden, Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, warned that the funds currently being used to fight the virus will be depleted by September 30. Congressional Republicans should not delay any further, and I urge Speaker Paul Ryan to let us vote on the bipartisan bill passed by the Senate.
Finally, there are a number of additional pressing issues Congress must address during the month of September, including the Flint water crisis, funding to combat opioid addiction, and commonsense measures to address gun violence in the U.S. Instead of taking immediate action, Republicans have wasted time on partisan messaging bills that won’t be signed into law. House Republicans must work with Democrats to take meaningful action on these priority issues.
Steny H. Hoyer
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FACT SHEET: Republicans Fail to Address Zika Virus