|This week in the office of U.S. Senator Marco Rubio:
- Marco urged President Obama’s Administration to use unspent funds that were reprogrammed to combat the Zika virus. “Whether it was the Administration’s $1.9 billion request, bipartisan Senate proposals or the House-Senate compromise, I have supported every single Congressional effort to deal with Zika. It is unfortunate that Congress has failed to pass any kind of legislation this summer to deal with the Zika virus,” Marco wrote. “However, it is also deeply concerning that, according to figures provided by the Office of Management and Budget, most of the money reprogrammed by the Administration for the fight against Zika remains unspent. Recent reports have indicated that as much as $384 million remains unobligated.” Read the letter Marco sent to the president here.
- Marco responded after the Florida Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) confirmed the first four cases of the Zika virus to be transmitted by mosquitoes, all in Florida. “The news is disturbing, but no one should be surprised. I’ve been warning Congress for months that we would eventually have locally transmitted cases of Zika virus in the United States, and sadly that has now become a reality,” said Marco. “As I have said time and time again, both parties in Congress need to get it together and approve funding to combat the Zika virus.” Read Marco’s response to the confirmed cases of the Zika virus here.
- Marco spoke Friday morning with Guillermo “Coco” Fariñas, a prominent Cuban dissident leader who is currently on the 9th day of a hunger strike in protest of the Castro regime’s repression against him and the Cuban people. “What we face today is difficult, but I believe that in the history of the cause of a free Cuba, when Cuba is free one day – and it will happen, you can be sure of it – the name of Guillermo “Coco” Fariñas will be part of a very important chapter,” Marco said. “And I believe that the moment in which we are living now will be part a very important part of that chapter about how liberty returned to Cuba.” Read a partial transcript of the phone call here.
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