Target: Paul Ryan, Speaker of the House of Representatives
Goal: Thank Congress for passing bill to fund the fight against Zika with $1.1 billion.
Congress has finally approved funding for work on a Zika vaccine, controlling the mosquitoes that spread the virus, and studying the effects of the infection after over eight months of arguing between the parties. Zika is a national emergency, and thanks in part to petitions like this one, Congress has finally put the health of Americans before partisanship by providing $1.1 billion to combat it.
This bill will allocate $394 million for mosquito control, $397 million for development of vaccines and diagnosis methods, and $66 million to help those already infected with the virus. It is only just over half of what federal health agencies say is necessary, and will not repay the funds that were reallocated from other places in the time before Congress was able to come to an agreement. However, this funding has been desperately needed for months. There are thousands of confirmed Zika cases in the U.S., over 800 of which are pregnant women.
The tension between the parties that delayed the bill was a major contributor to the massive spread of the epidemic. Republicans wanted to pay for the bill by repurposing existing funds and wanted to ensure that none of the money went to organizations like Planned Parenthood. Democrats wanted none of these restrictions. Although the bill as it stands is far from perfect, it is undeniably an accomplishment that Congress has managed to overcome these differences for the good of the country. Sign below to commend Congress for taking action.
Dear Speaker Ryan,
The Zika epidemic is a huge threat to the health of American citizens, and I would like to thank Congress for its decision to finally pass the bill to fund the Zika fight. The thousands of confirmed Zika cases in the U.S., of which more than 800 are pregnant women, cannot be ignored, and this funding is vital to the battle against this deadly virus.
Although there is a long way still to go in the fight against Zika, with this bill, progress can be made when it comes to creating a vaccine, controlling the spread of the virus, and studying its effects. This would not be possible if both parties had not worked to find a compromise and put the well-being of the American people ahead of partisan interests. Thank you for putting the health and safety of the country first.
[Your Name Here]
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