From: The Honorable Patrick Murphy
Sent By:

Date: 6/14/2016

Closing Friday COB

Dear Colleague,

Please join me in sending a letter to the conference committee in support of the administration’s full $1.9 billion in emergency appropriations to fight Zika.

More than 1900 cases of Zika have been reported in the United States and its territories, and three children have already been born with Zika-related microcephaly.  These numbers will only rise as the summer rainy season continues.

The time to act is now. Please contact to sign on and urge the conference committee to fully fund Zika emergency response.



Patrick E. Murphy



Letter text:

Dear Conferees:

We respectfully write to request that the members of the conference committee support and provide the administration’s full supplemental Zika funding request of $1.9 billion.

As you know, the Zika virus is a serious threat in the United States and abroad.  Already, more than 1,900 Americans in the continental United States and territories have been infected.  Of those, 372 are pregnant women.  As we have seen throughout Central and South America and other Zika-affected regions, those numbers will grow, as will the number of children born with microcephaly.

This urgency is seen most clearly within the public health infrastructure and infectious disease research communities.  Each day, our offices receive pleas from every level of government and private institutions for the necessary resources to better understand the Zika virus and prevent its transmission.  These pleas increase each day as we move closer to summer when rain and heat create the optimal environment for the Aedes aegypti mosquito.  Additionally, at research institutions across the country, leading scientists are working to unlock the virus’s transmission, develop better testing systems, and ultimately deliver a vaccine.  These serious efforts require an equally serious investment without delay.

The United States has a proud tradition of leading the world in public health and infectious disease research. We respectfully implore you to heed the pleas of our constituents and medical experts and provide the full $1.9 billion request to combat Zika.