After a seven-week break, the U.S. Congress will return this Tuesday, in order to fund the federal government and avoid a potential shutdown. However, this won’t stop Republicans from voting on other issues, so they can register their opposition to President Barack Obama’s administrations.
According to USA Today, several federal agencies could face closures, unless lawmakers vote on a stop-gap spending bill, which would keep the government running past the end of the month.
Is Zika starting to spread in the United States already?
One of the most important problems lawmakers will have to deal with is related to the Zika virus. To be more specific, they need to find a solution for paying for all the efforts to combat it, as the virus is currently being transmitted by mosquitoes in Florida and, apparently, Texas, after an infant’s death has been linked to this. Puerto Rico might also be in danger, after a public health emergency has been declared in the country.
“As the Zika disease spreads, Congress is eventually going to have to come to terms with it and stop politicizing the issue,” said Donald Wolfensberger, congressional expert at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.
Both parties should unite, in order to find a reliable solution, instead of continuously arguing
However, during the break, both Republicans and Democrats have been putting the blame on each other for the failure to agree on the funding bill. However, a poll released this Monday, conducted by USA Today and Suffolk University, reveals that there’s a strong public support for a new Zika funding. Poll respondents also said that the Congress should approve additional funding for this very serious issue, rather than splitting funds for other programs.