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ASTHO Signs Letter Urging House to Provide Emergency Supplemental Funding for Zika

On May 18, ASTHO, along with 60 other public health, health care and maternal and child health organizations, signed on to a March of Dimes led letter urging the House of Representatives to provide emergency supplemental funding to combat Zika virus at or near the President’s requested levels, and to reject proposals that fall far short of those amounts, particularly those that would fund efforts against Zika by cutting other vital public health programs.

The President issued a veto threat against H.R. 5243, the Zika Response Appropriations Act of 2016, a bill that would provide $622 million for Zika response and reallocate previously-appropriated funding for Ebola and other critical programs as a funding offset.