Democrats in the Senate today blocked a Zika Funding Bill which would have been paid for in part by money formerly meant to fight ebola and some Obamacare funds. The Democrats wanted to spend more than the $1.1 billion offered by the Republicans, and I guess they want to borrow or print the money to do it. But we all know that this is just another issue they are hoping to run on in the fall.
“Democrats Block Zika Funding bill, blame GOP,” reports Politico. “Senate Democrats rejected the GOP funding measure on Tuesday, 52-48, arguing that it would rob Obamacare of funding.” They also complain that it would provide some $800 million less than the Obama administration is requesting, although their objection means that “they are set to vote against a bill at funding levels they’ve already agreed to” in the past.
There were other ways of fighting Zika than passing a new spending bill, but the federal government declined to use them. The Obama administration illegally diverted money that could have been used to fight Zika to the UN’s Green Climate Fund. It also made it harder to fight Zika through red tape restricting chemical use. (Read More)
As usual, Democrats put politics and their radical green agenda ahead of the health of the American people.