Weekly Address: Taking Action Against the Zika Virus

WASHINGTON, DC — This week, President Obama called on Republicans in Congress to take action and vote to fund the Administration’s response to the Zika virus.

  • In February, the President asked Congress to fund emergency resources
  • Unfortunately, Republicans in Congress have failed to take action on this issue
  • Obama stated “We took that step because we have a responsibility to protect the American people”
  • Our primary focus has been protecting pregnant women and families planning to have children
  • Zika spreads mainly through the bite of a certain mosquito.  Most infected people don’t show any symptoms
  • Zika can be spread through unprotected sex, it’s not just women who need to be careful – men do too.  That includes using condoms properly
  • If you live in or travel to an area where Zika has been found, protect yourself against the mosquitoes that carry this disease
  • We need more Republicans to act that way because this is more important than politics
  • As long as I’m President, we’ll keep doing everything we can to slow the spread of this virus, and put our children’s futures first