U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Votes for Bipartisan Emergency Funding to Combat Zika Virus
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin today voted for emergency funding to combat the Zika virus. The U.S. Senate approved the bipartisan funding measure, which would authorize $1.1 billion to fight the spread of the Zika virus, as well as raise awareness, expand access to family planning services, and accelerate development of a vaccine.
“The Zika virus has been linked to many health problems, but most notably a terrible birth defect,” said Senator Baldwin. “Congress has a responsibility to act on the public health crisis posed by Zika. Today’s vote in the Senate to approve emergency funding is a critical step forward in our fight to prevent, detect, and respond to this serious and dangerous threat.”
Yesterday, the first Zika virus case in Wisconsin was confirmed by the Wisconsin Department of Health Services. More than 1,200 Americans have been infected with the Zika virus, including over 100 pregnant women. On April 13, 2016, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed that the Zika virus does, in fact, cause microcephaly and other birth defects.
The bipartisan measure, introduced by Senators Patty Murray (D-WA) and Roy Blunt (R-MO), authorizes $1.1 billion to fight the Zika virus, providing resources to the Department of Health and Human Services, Department of State, and global health programs, while also ensuring that funding allocated to fight Ebola remains in place. On Tuesday, Senator Baldwin supported the advancement of this measure in the Senate.
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