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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.
Today’s Zika news includes the following:
Zika has blanketed three-quarters of Puerto Rico over the past six months,and health authorities expect it to keep spreading now that it is prime mosquito season. It is estimate that one-quarter of the island’s population will be infected by the time that season is over.
There are currently 189 recorded cases of the Zika virus in New York State, including one just reported in the state capital of Albany.
In Jamaica, all pregnant women are to be tested for the virus.
Today’s climate change/global warming news:
Weather observers misread wind speeds, skewing a major hazards database.
Lake Chad’s shrinkage, once tied to the effects of recent global warming, has been known since 1899 and is related to farming and irrigation practices.
Virgin Islands Attorney General Claude E. Walker has withdrawn his subpoena of the Competitive Enterprise Institute after a rash of criticism over his investigation into climate change dissenters.
In a floor speech last week, I also shed light on the fact that Congress last December provided the Obama administration with authority to pull money from bilateral economic assistance to foreign countries.
They can use those funds to combat infectious diseases, if the administration believed there is an infectious disease emergency. In the middle of the Zika epidemic, the administration did use their authority to pull money from foreign aid and spend it, but they didn’t use it for Zika.
You might ask—so what did the administration spend the infectious disease money on earlier this year? You guessed it… climate change. In March, President Obama gave the United Nations $500 million out of an account under bilateral economic assistance to fund the U.N.’s Green Climate Fund.
originally posted by: abe froman
I can't wait for Obama to be out of office so I don't have to hear ridiculous made up stories about him anymore.
I don't agree with everything he's done as POTUS but he's a guy i'd love to have a beer with.