Washington, D.C.—Following strong advocacy and leadership from U.S. Senator Susan Collins, the Chairman of the Transportation, Housing, and Urban Development (THUD) Appropriations Subcommittee, the Senate passed a bipartisan amendment to the THUD bill that would provide $1.1 billion in emergency funding to address the Zika threat, including $361 million for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and $200 million for the National Institutes of Health.
“It is imperative that we take steps to combat the Zika virus. To that end, I support the Blunt-Murray agreement to provide an additional $1.1 billion to combat the Zika virus, including $361 million for the CDC and $200 million for the National Institutes of Health,” Senator Collins stated from the Senate floor earlier today. “The CDC has sounded the alarm in its warning about a Zika outbreak in the United States. It is essential that we devote sufficient financial resources to meet this new challenge.”
The bipartisan amendment was introduced by Senators Roy Blunt (R-MO) and Patty Murray (D-WA). The THUD bill is currently being considered by the full Senate.