GOP Lawmakers Capitalize on Zika Threat to Pass Bill Dubbed ‘Making Pesticides Great Again’ Act


Humboldt County Democrats

denguemosquito-a_1 (1) An Aedes aegypti mosquito, which can transmit the Zika virus.

House Democrats and Obama administration, meanwhile, criticize bill’s assault on Clean Water Act
— by Andrea Germanos, staff writer

The Republican-controlled U.S. House on Tuesday passed legislation—newly rebranded with the word “Zika” in it—that Democrats say is in fact not at all about the addressing the threat of the virus but making it easier for pesticides to contaminate the nation’s waterways.

Previously called the “Reducing Regulatory Burdens Act,” the “Zika Vector Control Act”passed the House 258-156.

According to House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (Md), H.R. 897 “is nothing but a Trojan horse, with practically nothing to do with Zika.”

It was sponsored by Rep. Bob Gibbs (R-Ohio), who, as Cleveland.comreported last week, “For years […] has tried to get Congress to change permitting requirements for pesticides sprayed near water.”

The Obama administration issued a statement earlier…

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