(Washington, DC) – U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen made the following statement after Congress approved H.R. 5325, the Legislative Branch Appropriations Act of 2017. The bill funds continued federal government operations through December 9, 2016 and includes new resources for Military Construction and Veterans Affairs through Fiscal Year 2017. Finally, the bill includes $1.1 billion to combat the Zika virus in South Florida and across the country.

Statement by Ros-Lehtinen:

“For months, I have been engaged in working to activate and shape the federal response to Zika. While the funds contained in this bill should never have been subject to delays over political wrangling, I am pleased that Congress has finally recognized South Florida's serious need for these critical funds to fight and contain the Zika virus. This bill will enable federal agencies and their state and local partners to continue essential research and development for new tools, from safe and effective mosquito control to a Zika vaccine, while also providing additional healthcare resources and small business support for South Florida and other significantly impacted communities. However, the difficult job of eradicating Zika is not done. I will continue working to support local, state, and federal authorities in their efforts to repel and eliminate the Zika threat from South Florida as quickly as possible.”