How about defunding Obama’s vacations and directing that to the Zika response? I’m so sick and tired of the Republican congress giving Obama blank checks to write at his will. Please let me know when Congress actually does something in response. I mean, other than rolling over like the cowardly dogs they really are.
Legal Insurrection: In February, President Obama said we should not “panic over Zika.”
At the same time, he asked Congress for $1.8 billion in funding for the resources to combat the Zika virus, the pathogen spreading rapidly through the Americas that can cause birth defects and neurological problems. In a rare display of fiscal restraint, Congress granted $622 million (mainly from unused Ebola response money).
However, as negotiations continue for even more Zika funding between these two branches of government, it seems that $500 million of those taxpayer dollars initially allotted now sits in the coffers of the United Nations.
The Obama administration siphoned $500 million that could have gone toward combating the Zika virus into a United Nations effort aimed at mitigating climate change.
Sen. James Lankford (R., Okla.) wrote in an op-ed published in the Daily Signal that the Senate last year granted Obama the authority to pay for a response to Zika, but his administration chose instead to allocate those funds toward the U.N.’s Green Climate Fund.
Let’s do a little risk assessment to determine if that money was well spent! More