Rep. Zeldin Urges House to Pass His Counterterrorism Screening and Assistance Act In Light of Zika Outbreak
Washington, DC – Congressman Lee Zeldin (R, NY-1), member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, today urged House colleagues to bring his bill, the Counterterrorism Screening and Assistance Act of 2016 (H.R. 4314), to a vote on the House floor to protect against the spread of infectious diseases, such as the Zika virus, which has been confirmed in over 25 countries.
The Counterterrorism Screening and Assistance Act of 2016, which passed the House Foreign Affairs Committee with bipartisan support, would, among other key components, put in place a monitoring system that would screen for infectious diseases abroad to contain and prevent any potential outbreaks. The bill also helps quarantine the virus, authorizing the Secretary of Homeland Security to provide equipment and supplies to mitigate the risk or threat of infectious diseases, such as Zika.
You can watch Congressman Zeldin’s floor speech from this morning here.