September 5, 2016
Today U.S. Congressman Scott Peters (CA-52) released the following statement on the Zika case and preventive spraying in Mount Hope and the urgent need for bipartisan Congressional action to confront the threat of the Zika virus:
“The news of a Zika case in San Diego and the preventive spraying for mosquitos in Mount Hope bring home a reality we have known for months: the Zika virus is an urgent public health crisis that requires serious and deliberate action to keep American families safe. I am grateful for the leadership of county and city health officials in responding to this case and acting to prevent the spread of the virus in San Diego.
“In July, Congress went on its longest summer break in decades, without sending a bill to the President’s desk to address Zika. Now, seven weeks later, we are back in Washington with seemingly no progress towards a bipartisan solution. Instead, we will reportedly be voting on impeaching the Commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service and punishing Democrats, myself included, for livestreaming a protest calling for a vote to curb gun violence.
“Instead of trying to score political points, Congress should be providing the robust funding and support needed to accelerate a cure and prevent the spread of the Zika virus.”