Democrats no doubt were counting on the mainstream press to help pin the blame on the GOP for the Zika bill’s demise. But even the liberal media had a hard time pushing this line.
Politifact, a reliably liberal “fact-checking” site run by the Tampa Bay Times and the Miami Herald, could only bring itself to rate the Democrat’s claims about the Zika virus bill “half true,” noting that while the bill didn’t provide Planned Parenthood with additional federal money, it did provide funds to public health clinics that offer birth control services.
News headlines, too, suggest the press wasn’t buying the Democrats’ spin. A sampling:
CNN: “Democrats block $1.1 billion Zika bill”
NBC News: “Senate Democrats Block GOP’s Zika Funding Bill”
CBS News: “Senate Dems block Zika funding”
New York Times: “Zika Bill Is Blocked by Senate Democrats Upset Over Provisions“
I’ve said that Sen. Reid was right to say that Congress has made a “mockery” of this crisis. But come to think of it, that’s being too kind. It’s more accurate to say that what Reid and his fellow Democrats have done in the face of the Zika crisis borders on the criminal.
From Miami Herald:
Florida health officials confirmed the largest number of new Zika infections in a single day on Friday with 10 people affected, raising the statewide total to 246 cases this year, including 43 pregnant women.
The new cases were announced on the same week that state officials reported Florida’s first baby born with a Zika-related birth defect. The baby is at least the fifth child born in the United States with microcephaly, which causes abnormally small heads and incomplete brain development, as a result of the Zika virus.
No Zika cases in Florida or elsewhere in the continental United States have been transmitted locally by mosquito bites, according to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. However, at least 13 people had contracted the disease as of June 29 through sexual contact, including one case in Polk County, Florida.
Pregnant women and their children are considered to be at greatest risk from the disease. Researchers have concluded that prenatal Zika infection can cause microcephaly and other brain disorders. Babies with microcephaly often have developmental problems, including intellectual disability, hearing loss, vision problems, and difficulty with movement and balance.
There is no vaccine or specific medical therapy for Zika, which causes symptoms including fever, joint pain, red eyes and rash lasting seven to 10 days, according to the CDC. Only one in five people who acquire the disease show symptoms, however.
Zika virus is primarily spread by the Aedes aegypti mosquito but also can be transmitted by blood transfusions and by men to their sexual partners.
There was a bill that would have funded efforts to combat Zika, but the Democrats in the Senate on Tuesday blocked a $1.1 billion bill to fight the virus. This is a minor disease that affects a minuscule amount of people AND is entirely PREVENTABLE with generic repellants. But, if donors can make a buck, you can bet they’ll find a way to fund it anyway, and some of that money will find a way back into the politician’s pockets.
If you want it funded, then don’t attach Planned Parenthood funding to get that snuck in under the radar. If you’re going to fund Zika, then fund Zika, period.
What do you think about your Congress who can’t even protect the people it was sent to protect? What are your thoughts about how Democrats are holding up funding for treatment? Give us your opinions below in the comment section.
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