Obama Admin Claims Zika Funds Are Low, Yet There’s BILLIONS In Unappropriated Health Funds
In the wake of the Obama administration’s warnings that funding to fight the Zika virus is quickly depleting, GOP Sens. Chuck Grassley of Iowa and James Lankford of Oklahoma questioned why billions in unappropriated Heath and Human Services (HHS) funds have not been used towards the cause.
In a letter written to HHS Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell Friday and released to the press Monday, the lawmakers asked why the administration has also been slow on distributing the $589 million — $510 million of which was originally intended for Ebola and was approved to be repurposed to fight the mosquito-borne virus.
According to the senators, as of July, just $112 million of the $589 million has been distributed despite the increase in cases seen in the United States. – READ MORE