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Florida Congressman Takes Zika Mosquitoes to House Floor, Threatens to let them loose in chamber

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show his commitment, he took a jar of mosquitoes onto the House floor today to get lawmakers buzzing into action.

“I rise with about 100 mosquitoes straight from Florida,” he said, holding up a clear jar of Aedes aegypti mosquito larvae from the University of South Florida.

“This is the reason for the urgency,” said Jolly, a Republican. “It is time to act.”

Senate Democrats blocked Republicans’ $1.1 billion Zika funding package from advancing Tuesday over concerns about the measure’s restrictions on contraceptive funding for Planned Parenthood.

“The time for the politics of Zika is over. The politics of Zika are garbage right now,” Jolly exclaimed.

He imagined setting loose the mosquitoes in the House chamber. – READ MORE

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