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Gov. Rick Scott To Congress On Zika: 'Do Your Part'

Governor Rick Scott meets with Duval County health and mosquito control officials about Zika.
Ryan Benk
The Florida Channel
Leon County Judge John Cooper on June 30, 2022, in a screen grab from The Florida Channel.

Florida Governor Rick Scott stopped in Jacksonville Tuesday to warn residents about the Zika virus epidemic and meet with local officials.

Scott also took the opportunity to slam congressional leaders for failing to pass a funding bill to combat the virus.

In West Palm Beach earlier in the day, Scott said it was “heartbreaking” to learn Florida has its first confirmed case ofZika-relatedmicrocephaly — the condition causing a newborn’s head to not fully form.  

In Jacksonville, Scott praised local officials for following his administration’s lead and “stepping up” their response where the federal government failed.

He said he was disappointed to learn a billion-dollar Zika funding bill was shot down in the U.S. Senate.

“So the federal government needs to show up and do their part. Congress and the White House need to come together and provide the funding to make sure we don't see the spread of Zika,” he said.

Senate Democrats say they would’ve backed the legislation but last-minute amendment cutting funding for Planned Parenthood made it a poison pill.

As of Tuesday afternoon, there have been 230 confirmed cases of Zika in more than 20 Florida counties.

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Ryan Benk is originally from Miami, Florida and came to Tallahassee to attend Florida State University. He worked on Miami Dade College’s Arts and Literature Magazine- Miamibiance Magazine and has published poetry and a short film called “ The Writer.” He’s currently working as the Newsroom’s Researcher while finishing his Creative Writing Bachelor’s Degree at Florida State University. When he’s not tracking down news, Ryan likes watching films, writing fiction and poetry, and exploring Florida.