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Senate Democrats Play Politics With Funding for Veterans, Zika

“This is election-year politics at its worst.”
WASHINGTON — Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.), chairman of the Senate Republican Conference, issued the following statement after Senate Democrats rejected critical funding to address the Zika health crisis and support America’s veterans and vital military construction projects.

“It’s highly disingenuous for Senate Democrats to on the one hand say the Zika threat requires immediate attention and then on the other hand block critical funding designed to tackle this problem early in the mosquito season,” said Thune. “Democrats are apparently more interested in pacifying a Democrat special-interest group than they are in actually doing anything about Zika. This is election-year politics at its worst. The American people know it, and they deserve better."

The legislation included funding for numerous programs to support America’s veterans and vital military construction projects.

“The Republican-led Senate will continue to pursue policies to strengthen our nation’s security and economy. We hope our Democratic colleagues can put their politicking aside long enough to do their jobs,” continued Thune.Just last month, every Senate Democrat supported legislation that provided $1.1 billion to combat Zika, which is the exact same level of funding they voted against today. The Senate Republican Conference highlighted Democrats’ hypocrisy with this video released yesterday evening.