Gov. Scott in Washington, D.C. pushing for federal Zika funding

Posted at 8:09 AM, Sep 13, 2016
and last updated 2016-09-14 04:38:54-04

WASHINGTON D.C. - Governor Rick Scott is bringing his plea for help fighting Zika to the nation's capital.

The Governor is spending part of Tuesday and Wednesday talking to some of the biggest names on Capital hill about funding to fight the virus.

"This is not just a Florida issue," Scott told reporters Tuesday after meeting with Florida Senator Marco Rubio.

ZIKA TRACKER | Interactive Map and graphic show confirmed and locally transmitted Zika virus cases

Scott also met with Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan Tuesday.

On Wednesday, the Governor plans to meet with members of Florida's congressional delegation. He also plans to meet with House Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.

A bill calling for more than $1 billion to fight Zika has failed in congress multiple times already.

Senate democrats have blocked the bill over a prevision involving planned Parenthood.

Governor Scott singled out Florida Senator Bill Nelson on voting against the bill last week.

"He turned his back on the people of Florida," Scott said.

Senator Nelson said he feels optimistic about the chances of a bill passing this week.

Governor Scott said the goal of his trip is to see something done about Zika this week.

There were 13 new travel-related cases of Zika virus reported in Florida Tuesday, including 8 in Miami-Dade, one in Escambia, one in Hillsborough, one in Manatee, one in Monroe and one in Seminole. 

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