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5/11/2016 St. Pete News
Congressman Jolly meets with Florida Governor to discuss Zika virus

For Immediate Release
Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Preston Rudie, Communications Dir.
(727) 418-7722

Congressman Jolly meets with Florida Governor to discuss Zika virus

Seminole, FL – Congressman David Jolly (FL-13) met with Florida Governor Rick Scott this afternoon to discuss the public health concerns surrounding the Zika virus. After the meeting, Jolly released the following statement:
“I support immediate funding for necessary prevention, education, and research to combat Zika, which is why I recently voted to reprogram approximately $600 million from unspent Ebola money to the fight against Zika. I also support immediate passage of an emergency FY2016 emergency supplemental appropriations bill to cover any additional unmet needs. But we also must be good stewards of the taxpayer.

The current proposal by the President and leading Democrats assumes today that this will be a two year crisis and it unnecessarily commits two years of taxpayer money to the effort, regardless of whether the money will actually be needed in year two. The proposal also expands the federal taxpayer share of Medicaid for Puerto Rico and other territories while ignoring direct assistance for healthcare delivery in our home state of Florida. Additionally, the Democrats' proposal allows for construction of federal properties on leased land that may ultimately drive up new costs to taxpayers.

There are critical flaws in the current proposal by the President and Congressional Democrats, but nothing that can't be reconciled. While we disagree on some of the particulars of the current proposal, our entire delegation can agree on the need to reach a responsible solution with urgency. Let's ensure we extract the politics from what is a potential public health threat, and resolve this issue together as a bipartisan Florida delegation. That is my commitment.”

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