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Another call from Florida: We need money for Zika

Staff Writer | November 3, 2016
Governor Rick Scott called on President Obama to expedite the allocation of federal funding to Florida to combat the Zika virus.
Governor Rick Scott
Virus   It has been more than a month...
It has been more than a month since Congress passed and the president signed a Zika funding bill yet Florida, the first and only state to have active and ongoing transmission of Zika, has not received any new dollars.

The Governor is urging President Obama to immediately allocate the maximum amount of federal funding available to the state and provide a complete breakdown of allocations for the entire $1.1 billion in Zika funding passed in September by Congress.

Governor Scott said, "All year we watched as bureaucracy and politics got in the way of funding for this public health emergency and the time for bureaucracy is over.

"Now, more than a month since more than a billion dollars of federal funding was authorized for Zika, our state continues to wait on Washington for funding. Today, I am calling on President Obama to immediately expedite the allocation of federal funding to Florida to protect pregnant women and their developing babies.

"While Florida continues to work through the bureaucratic and highly complex approval process for federal funding, there should be an expedited award to Florida given the fact that we are the only state currently battling local transmission of Zika through mosquitoes."