When Zika hit the United States, I like others assumed that our country would jump to take care of the problem. However, it seemed that Congress' response was slow and flawed. Congress did not authorize funding for Zika treatment and prevention right away, which meant researchers and healthcare providers couldn't do their jobs.
On August 27, 2016, President Obama addressed his concerns on his weekly address and pretty much laid into Congress after outlining precautionary measures. "But every day that Republican leaders in Congress wait to do their job, every day our experts have to wait to get the resources they need — that has real-life consequences," President Obama said. "Weaker mosquito-control efforts. Longer wait times to get accurate diagnostic results. Delayed vaccines. It puts more Americans at risk."
The president called on Congress to move past partisan politics and address this problem. "…Republicans in Congress should treat Zika like the threat that it is and make this their first order of business when they come back to Washington after Labor Day. That means working in a bipartisan way to fully fund our Zika response," he said.