Port Orange, FL – The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has announced that out of $16 million, Florida will receive merely 4.5%, or $720,000, in new funding. Rep. Ron DeSantis (FL-06) joined the Florida delegation, led by Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (FL-27), in sending a letter to the CDC asking that they reconsider their allocation of Zika funding.
“Harry Reid and his Senate lieutenants need to stop filibustering Zika funding; in the meantime, the CDC needs to be discerning when determining where to send existing resources. Florida is on the front-lines in the fight against Zika and federal funding should be prioritized for our state. In order to effectively combat the threat of Zika and protect the American people, I believe the CDC must provide additional money above what has been announced.”
DeSantis has repeatedly called for Congress to take action against Zika and has been critical of Senate Democrats’ multiple attempts to block Zika funding.