Congressman Jim Cooper

Representing the 5th District of Tennessee
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Cooper Statement on Zika Funding Bill

May 19, 2016
Press Release

WASHINGTON – U.S. Rep. Jim Cooper (TN-5) today issued a statement after voting against a bill that only funds one-third of President Obama’s emergency funding request to fight the Zika virus.

“We need to do much more to fight Zika. We should fully fund our fight to defeat Zika,” Rep. Cooper said. “House Republicans aren't even doing as much as the Senate to keep Americans safe. We must recognize Zika as the potential epidemic that it is and stop it cold now.”

The House bill would provide $622.1 million in funding.

On Tuesday, the Senate approved $1.1 billion in emergency funds – nearly double what the House bill offers.

Earlier this week, Rep. Cooper and 122 colleagues urged Speaker Paul Ryan to bring President Obama’s full $1.9 billion request to the House floor.

President Obama’s $1.9 billion package would:

  • Accelerate vaccine research and diagnostic development
  • Conduct mosquito surveillance and mosquito control
  • Educate health providers, women and partners about the disease
  • Improve health services and support for low-income pregnant women
  • Help Zika-affected countries better control transmission
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