(Washington, DC) – U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) today released the following statement in response to the Administration’s announcement that it has identified $589 million to spend on immediate activities to address the threat posed by the Zika virus.
“In the wake of Congress’s unconscionable absence of action, the President made an important move today to protect the American people from the Zika global health emergency. Unfortunately, the Administration is hamstrung in terms of the scope and scale of what it can do to address this crisis. The responsibility for fully protecting Americans from Zika rests on the shoulders of Congress and the Republican leaders who control both houses. I will continue urging my colleagues to move legislation that will unleash a comprehensive strategy to protect people from the virus both domestically and abroad, including increased access to vital contraception services."