(Miami, FL) – Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen made the following statement following the announcement of the development of a new Zika-impacted area in Miami-Dade County and efforts to combat the disease's spread.  Statement by Ros-Lehtinen: 

“The report that locally transmitted Zika cases have been confirmed in Miami Beach highlights the gravity of the threat we face and the urgent need for more cooperation between federal, state and local agencies in order to find a solution.  As the number of Zika cases expand throughout our community, it is imperative that South Florida has the resources necessary to halt and eradicate this disease.  In this time of need, our community requires and deserves better than to get caught in the middle of a political fight; the threat presented by Zika is too great.                                                                                                                                                 

“I will continue to advocate for decisive and immediate actions that will empower our community to overcome this disease:

  • I wrote a letter to Speaker Ryan and Leader McConnell urging them to immediately reconvene the House and Senate to pass a comprehensive, stand-alone funding bill that meets the President’s $1.9 billion request.
  • I have also written to President Obama to ask that he work with Congressional leaders to quickly reprogram as much additional funding as possible to the domestic Zika response.
  • I met with CDC Director, Tom Frieden, Governor Scott, and Senator Rubio to discuss federal, state, and local responses to eradicate Zika in South Florida. 
  • I led a letter signed by every member of the Florida Congressional delegation asking the CDC to allocate more funds to our state. 

  

“I will continue urging my Congressional colleagues to recognize the gravity of the situation and return to Washington immediately to fulfill our moral and constitutional obligation to the people of South Florida and our nation.  I will also continue to cooperate with all federal, state, and local stakeholders, especially our impacted community members, to ensure that South Florida is prepared and ready to face this grave threat.  I call on all partners to share information in a timely manner so that all agencies have up to speed information on new Zika cases.”