House Republican Conference Chair Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) released the following statement after the House passed the Zika Vector Control Act, (H.R. 897), introduced by Rep. Bob Gibbs (R-OH), which will eliminate unnecessary regulatory hurdles from processes that prevent the spread of mosquito-borne viruses in the United States.
“With summer around the corner and the threat of Zika spreading further, we must do everything possible to protect the American people,” said McMorris Rodgers. “I am grateful for Rep. Gibbs and his hard work on this bill. The House is taking real steps to address Zika by laying the groundwork to combat the disease before it becomes a public health crisis in the United States.
“The best ideas don’t come from Washington, D.C. – they come from people across this country. After voting to accelerate processes at the FDA to enable them to find a vaccine, we are now addressing the source of the virus with vector control. It’s a building process that frees our nation’s experts from bureaucratic red tape and allows them to do what they do best – combating life-threatening viruses like Zika.”