Concerns about the Zika virus are growing throughout the country. Pregnant women are taking unusual precautions, travel warnings are being issued for Florida, and public panic is on the rise in any state with mosquitoes.
Prominent Florida Democrats, such as Debbie Wasserman-Schultz and Alan Grayson, are giving speeches and hosting town halls dedicated to reassuring voters that they are working on solutions. Even national Democratic figures, like New York Senator Chuck Schumer and Democratic Vice Presidential nominee Tim Kaine, are calling for an emergency session of Congress to allocate funds for the fight against Zika.
But can we be honest for a second? These politicians are not actually interested in addressing Zika as a public health crisis. Instead, they are just treating it as another campaign issue to try to attack conservatives.
House Republicans tried addressing Zika back in June. Then, when they were contending with the House Democrat’s gun control sit-in stunt, Republicans passed a compromise bill that ought to have secured support from Democrats — were they not busy pouting on the floor of the chamber.
Kaine said at a rally in Florida that “Congress should not be in recess while Zika is advancing.” But where was this attitude when do-nothing Democrats were sitting around whining instead of working?
Alabama Congresswoman Martha Roby wrote an op-ed for CNBC, detailing how Senate Democrats obstructed these middle-of-the-road compromise measures from getting to the President’s desk.
“In June I relayed the good news that the House had passed appropriations legislation providing funding for our nation’s response to the Zika virus,” Roby wrote.