Candidate Condemns Inaction on Zika Virus


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August 11, 2016                                                                              Rob Black (919) 714-3403




Candidate Condemns Inaction on Zika Virus


Raleigh, NC  – John McNeil, Democratic nominee for U.S. House from North Carolina's 2nd District today called on Congress to do its job and help protect American families from the Zika virus.


"Congress needs to reconvene immediately and address the Zika crisis," said McNeil. "They need to show leadership, stop playing politics and do their job. I urge all North Carolinians to reach out to their members of Congress and weigh in on this important public health issue."


Congress has adjourned until after November 8th election without passing a $1.9 billion package of funding aimed at controlling the mosquitos and researching a vaccine. As has happened so many times before, the package stalled due to political maneuvering on issues that have little to do with the actual crisis. The package under consideration included funding cuts to other vital health programs.


Meanwhile, the Zika crisis gets worse. There have now been 22 confirmed cases of Zika transmission by a mosquito bite in South Florida. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have issued a warning for pregnant women to avoid specific neighborhoods in North Miami where the cases have been reported.


"Congress had a job to do and they failed miserably," added McNeil. " McNeil said. "Once again, petty politics and the desire to adjourn for the fall campaign were more important than protecting the health of American citizens. I call on Congress to come back to Washington and help our country address this public health crisis."


John McNeil is a Wake County attorney, urban farmer, veteran and self-made businessman running to serve the North Carolina 2nd District in the U.S. House of Representatives.

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