Editorial

Congress has work to do

Friday, August 19, 2016

The U.S. Congress acted irresponsibly going on a break in mid-July that will last until after Labor Day, without establishing funding for the Center for Disease Control to deal with the Zika virus.

Thousands of Americans have been reported to have been infected and, at last count, 15 American babies have been born with Zika-related birth defects. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is warning that if Congress doesn't approve adequate resources to contain it soon, they will have no choice but to divert resources from other critical health priorities like fighting opioid addiction rather than irresponsibly delay the development of a Zika vaccine any further.

Congress needs to cut their vacation short and deal with the situation.