For Florida residents it’s “drain and cover;” for Florida politicians it’s “run for cover.” With the not-surprising first cases of locally transmitted cases of the Zika virus being reported, Sen. Marco Rubio held a press conference to say the time to act is now.
What about five months ago when a $1.9 billion bill was sent to Congress to fund Zika prevention and research? What was the senator with the worst voting attendance record doing then? Posing and playing politics.
The fact that Zika mostly affects women and children makes inaction by Congress all the more reprehensible. The Florida delegation should be leading this urgent battle and not playing politics as usual. Now is better than never, but now means now!