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Rubio, Nelson say Zika death shows Congress must act on funding



Sen. Marco Rubio says the Zika death in Puerto Rico is a “wake-up” call for Congress and reiterated support for $1.9 billion in funding that some Republicans have resisted.

"This is another wake-up call that both parties in Congress better get it together to address the Zika virus that's impacting more people, more states, more unborn children and now taking lives,” Rubio said in a  tatement Friday evening. “This time it is an American who has lost their life to Zika, but many more lives are at risk, especially those of unborn children. My thoughts and prayers are with the loved ones of Zika's first victim in Puerto Rico."

Sen. Bill Nelson also sounded alarms.

“Today, the CDC confirmed the first Zika-related death in the United States,” Nelson said. “The death of an American citizen should serve as a wake-up call to all those in Congress who continue to block our efforts to stop the spread of this virus. While this may be the first Zika-related death in our country, it won’t be the last if Congress does not start taking this virus seriously.”

[Last modified: Friday, April 29, 2016 6:32pm]


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