|This week in the office of U.S. Senator Marco Rubio:
- Marco again urged Congress to return to Washington to approve Zika funding following the announcement of a Zika outbreak in the Wynwood neighborhood of Miami and a total of 15 cases transmitted by mosquitoes. ” To be honest with you, I hope we don’t have to wait until September,” Marco said in Clearwater, FL. “I’m prepared to go back in a moment’s notice and vote on this and get it done quickly given the state of affairs now. We’ve got 14 confirmed mosquito infections in Florida.” Read more of what Marco had to say here.
- Marco also continued to urge President Obama to spend the $350 million in unspent Zika funding that was redirected earlier this year from previously unspent Ebola response funding. “And I don’t care which side gives in. Someone needs to give in quickly, because we need to move forward on the funding sooner rather than later. But we should move on the 350 million,” Marco said in Daytona Beach, FL. “There’s no excuse for not spending the money that’s already there. Why are they holding that money back?” Read more of Marco’s comments here.
- In his Doral office, Marco met with Dr. Tom Frieden, the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, to discuss efforts to combat the Zika virus. “What we’re trying to do is develop – knowing the process as we do – we may be disappointed, but we also have to be realistic about the realities. What if Congress doesn’t come back? What do we do? We have to have a Plan B,” Marco said. ” So we are going to continue to push on Plan A, which is to get the Congress to come back and act. We have to have a Plan B to make sure that we don’t run out of funds at the end of August.” Find out more about Marco’s meeting here.
- After Marco called for a federal investigation, the U.S. Department of Justice announced this week that search warrants have been executed against Global Ministries Foundation at its properties across the country and in Florida. “It’sabout time that federal investigators go after the slumlords at Global Ministries Foundation for stealing millions in taxpayer dollars and forcing residents across the country, including three Florida properties,” said Marco. “This investigation that I called for is just getting started, but I am confident these slumlords will be held accountable for stealing money and endangering the public health and safety of families.” Read more here.
- Marco announced his plan to provide additional protections from Zika to U.S. military men and women, including those serving in high risk areas. “At the start of June I introduced an amendment to the 2017 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that would have provided additional anti-Zika protections to our troops who are serving in places impacted by the virus,” Marco said. “Now, with the threat of Zika growing and at least 41 of our servicemembers testing positive for the virus, it’s more important than ever to enact these measures and increase the anti-Zika protections for our troops. That’s why I plan to reintroduce this legislation as a stand-alone bill as soon as the Senate reconvenes.” Read more about Marco’s legislation here.
- Marco also announced he will introduce legislation stopping the Obama Administration’s ransom payment to Iran. “Iran is the world’s foremost state sponsor of terrorism,” said Marco. “The American people do not believe the story that the Obama Administration conducted two separate negotiations that were unrelated. That is just unbelievable and disingenuous. It is also contrary to Iran’s statements.” Learn more about the legislation Marco plans to introduce here.
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