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Action Alert: Congress Needs to Take Action
The threat of Zika is real and growing every day. Environmental health professionals know that the best way to stop Zika is a strong investment in vector control programs and working within your communities at a profoundly local level.
After speaking with the scientific community, the White House asked Congress for a $1.9 billion investment to both combat Zika Virus and provide mosquito control in February 2016. That figure was turned down.
It is our opinion that Congress has limited local community efforts by not passing a viable Zika funding bill that would allow critical prevention activities, research, vaccine development, and public education to proceed.
With three legislative days left till September--we need your help to get Congress to act!
Please call your senators today and request that action be taken on Zika funding.
For more information about Zika, check out our vector control page.
Action Alert: Proposed Zika Legislation
Please contact your Members of Congress and Senators ASAP to request that they support $1.9 billion in emergency funding for Zika.
As Environmental Health professionals, you all know that the best way to stop Zika is a strong investment in Vector Control programs and working within your communities. The White House, after speaking with scientists from around the country, has asked for $1.9 billion investment to both combat Zika virus and provide mosquito control.
The Senate is poised to pass a compromise bill for $1.1 billion today.
However, there are Senators who want this legislation to exempt state and local entities from federal permits to spray mosquito pesticides used for combating the Zika and West Nile viruses or Dengue fever. This would weaken the Clean Water Act.
Even worse, the House bill only commits $622 million for Zika, with half coming from Ebola funds. It’s just a terrible bill all around.
Therefore, we need your help today!
Please contact your Members of Congress and Senators ASAP and tell them:
- To support $1.9 billion in emergency funding for Zika without any language that would weaken the Clean Water Act.
- We cannot spray our way out of the Zika problem and rolling back the Clean Water Act and the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act is not acceptable.
Not sure who to contact?
Action Alert: Proposed Water Legislation
As environmental health professionals, we know that environmental health is profoundly local. That’s why we need targeted investments in Environmental Health programs to prevent lead poisoning, legionella disease, and many other devastating water borne health issues.
Senator Stabenow understand’s this problem and has introduced with many of her colleagues (Inhofe, Peters, Portman, Brown, Kirk, Durbin, Burr, Reed, Boxer, Mikulski, Capito and Baldwin) a bipartisan bill that invests in CDC/HRSA/ATSDR public health programs.
Negotiations are continuing behind the scenes, but no movement yet. Keep the calls and letters going they are working! We can't do it this alone.
Please take a moment to send the letter below to your Senator today.
2015 Enacted State Environmental Health Legislation
At the end of 2015, the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) identified 1,809 bills related to environmental health.