It’s nice to have a long vacation, and goodness knows, the non-productive GOP Congress is tuckered out from all that posturing, press conferencing, and submitting bills to abolish Obamacare. Protecting women and children from the Zika virus? Not a priority.
We’ve pointed out before that the Republicans in Congress want the illusion of addressing the Zika crisis without actually doing anything about it, and we can expect more of the same.
Although Senate Republicans say they tried to do something about the Zika crisis, what they did was keep playing politics after initially agreeing to a clean bill. Then they went home. To relax.
During mosquito season.
Now that the Zika virus has predictably spread to Miami Beach, we still don’t expect anything to happen.
The bill the Republicans backed would have restricted funding for family planning facilities, even though the virus poses the greatest risk to pregnant women. It would also cut funding to fight Ebola and strip funding from the Affordable Care Act. And just to make sure Democrats wouldn’t back it, the GOP-backed bill also reduced VA funding by $500 million — while removing a bipartisan provision that would have banned Confederate flags from federal facilities.
Republicans just can’t bring themselves to reach across the aisle and simply deal with an urgent crisis. Political posturing always comes first.