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Timeline of Senator Blunt's Efforts on Zika Virus

  • June 15, 2016:
    The Committee on Conference meets to reconcile House and Senate versions of the supplemental package to combat Zika.

  • June 9, 2016:
    Senator Blunt is selected as a member of the conference committee that will negotiate the final aid package that will go to the president for his signature to ultimately provide resources for this public health emergency.

  • May 31, 2016:
    Senator Blunt visits the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, GA to meet with CDC Director Thomas Frieden and discuss the agency's Zika response efforts.

  • May 26, 2016:
    Centers for Disease Control Director Dr. Tom Frieden talks at the National Press Club in support of the bipartisan Senate bill to combat Zika.

  • May 19, 2016:
    Senator Blunt's bipartisan amendment passes the Senate by a vote of 68-30. The measure provides $1.1 billion in emergency funding for priority initiatives focused on prevention, control, and treatment of the Zika virus. It does not include funding for nonessential projects in the president's original request, such as $85 million to expand existing federal buildings that wouldn't be completed for years. These funds are in addition to the nearly $600 million in existing funding previously utilized by the administration to begin an immediate response to the Zika threat.

  • May 18, 2016:
    The House of Representatives overwhelmingly approves $622 million bill to fight Zika.

  • May 17, 2016:
    Senator Blunt discusses his proposed amendment with Senator Murray (Wash.) on the Senator floor. This bipartisan amendment would provide emergency resources to help combat the Zika virus.

  • May 16, 2016:
    The house of Representatives introduces H.R. 5243, the Zika Response Appropriations Act. The bill provides FY2016 supplemental appropriations to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and State to respond to the Zika virus.

  • May 12, 2016:
    Senator Blunt's amendment with Senator Murray (Wash.) is introduced to the Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act. This amendment will help provide additional resources to help fight Zika.

  • March 3, 2016:
    Senator Blunt chairs U.S. Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health, and Human Services, and Education hearing with Dept. of Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell to discuss the fiscal year 2017 HHS budget request and the Zika response efforts.

  • April 28, 2016:
    Senator blunt talks about the need for zika to be dealt with quickly on the Senate floor

  • February 11, 2016:
    Senator Blunt, Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, holds a Senate hearing with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Dr. Thomas Frieden and National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Director Dr. Anthony Fauci to review emerging health threats and the Zika supplemental request.

  • February 9, 2016:
    Senator Blunt meets with Dept. of Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell, Dr. Anthony Fauci, Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases at the National Institutes of Health, Dr. Thomas Frieden, Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and members of Republican leadership to discuss response efforts for the Zika virus.

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