Once again, childish games in Congress hold up vital funds needed to combat the spread of the Zika virus on our shores. To keep repeatedly doing the same thing and expecting a different result is a sign of insanity. The habit of tacking unwanted bills to urgent, emergency bills is a bad practice that must be stopped for the good of the country. Clearly, if common sense were to prevail, when emergency funds are required you don’t hold up the approval of the bill on the basis of highly controversial provisions unrelated to the original issue which otherwise would not pass.
In the case of the Zika virus, which will spread rapidly, lives are at stake. It is as much of an emergency as hurricane and storm damage. However, here we go again! Why does anything have to be tacked on to an emergency bill? The answer is because it’s allowed. This is a fatal flaw in our democracy!
Jay Newton-Small, of Time Magazine, wrote:
Quote: “Seven months ago, President Obama requested $1.9 billion of emergency funding to address the coming crisis. In May, the Senate voted 89-8 on a $1.1 billion bill. The Republican-controlled House rejected that measure, and instead passed a bill of its own which added in a bunch of controversial ways to pay for the spending, taking money from Obamacare and Planned Parenthood. The measure would also weaken decades-old pesticide restrictions to combat mosquitoes, a move Democrats oppose. Democrats have decried the provisions as poison pills—indeed they shut down the government in 2013 in order to protect Obamacare from such defunding and nearly shut it down again last year to avoid defunding Planned Parenthood.” Unquote.
Politicians love to be seen with babies but when it comes to helping families who want to have babies their own narrower interests prevail. For any other citizen, it would be called blackmail.
Drop the unwanted provisions and pass the funding! Call your Congressman – time is of the essence!