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senate Bill S. 2843

Authorizing Nearly $2 Billion to Manage the Zika Crisis

Argument in favor

The Zika virus poses an imminent threat to the health of many Americans. Congress should fully fund the President’s request for $2 billion in counter-Zika spending before it is too late and the disease affects even more lives.

Alex's Opinion
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05/05/2016
As someone from the southeastern U.S., this is an important issue to me as my home state would be one of the states hit hardest. A little research and perhaps an easily accessible vaccine could prevent a lot of spending on healthcare in the future due to Zika. Just imagine the cost of healthcare for thousands of children with microcephaly and the tragedy that would be for all those families.
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Brandon's Opinion
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05/05/2016
Anyone who thinks we just "don't have the money" for preventative maintenance, doesn't quite understand how the budget works
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05/05/2016
The health crisis surrounding Zika virus is not one to be taken lightly, and it's one everyone should support addressing. The virus has a high probability of making those infected more-or-less sterile and anyone they breed with has a high probability of contracting the virus… for which there is no cure. If the Zika virus crisis is not resolved it could easily spread to a global sterility epidemic.
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There are nearly $600 million in unused Ebola funds that are being repurposed to be used to fight Zika, so maybe Congress and the administration should wait and see if that’s enough before requesting $2 billion more in taxpayer dollars.

Relmaster's Opinion
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05/04/2016
There are nearly $600 million in unused Ebola funds that are being repurposed to be used to fight Zika, so maybe Congress and the administration should wait and see if that’s enough before requesting $2 billion more in taxpayer dollars.
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Tylersmith's Opinion
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05/05/2016
We should help and work on the Zikka, but 2 billion is way too much for something that will probably die off and not spread as much as we are concerned... Just like ebola
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pgshpak's Opinion
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05/05/2016
Congress doesn't have $2 billion to spend any more than I do.
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    As someone from the southeastern U.S., this is an important issue to me as my home state would be one of the states hit hardest. A little research and perhaps an easily accessible vaccine could prevent a lot of spending on healthcare in the future due to Zika. Just imagine the cost of healthcare for thousands of children with microcephaly and the tragedy that would be for all those families.
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    There are nearly $600 million in unused Ebola funds that are being repurposed to be used to fight Zika, so maybe Congress and the administration should wait and see if that’s enough before requesting $2 billion more in taxpayer dollars.
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    We should help and work on the Zikka, but 2 billion is way too much for something that will probably die off and not spread as much as we are concerned... Just like ebola
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    Anyone who thinks we just "don't have the money" for preventative maintenance, doesn't quite understand how the budget works
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    Congress doesn't have $2 billion to spend any more than I do.
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    We should first work with what we have before authorizing more spending.
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    The health crisis surrounding Zika virus is not one to be taken lightly, and it's one everyone should support addressing. The virus has a high probability of making those infected more-or-less sterile and anyone they breed with has a high probability of contracting the virus… for which there is no cure. If the Zika virus crisis is not resolved it could easily spread to a global sterility epidemic.
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    It's just another "virus" created to cause panic and get another "2 BILLION DOLLARS" given to a section of government to use that we'll never keno how it's used. It's another bullshit crisis like " EBOLA" Fuck no. Use that 2 billion on cancer research or for schools or infrastructure for our country. Or how about use that 2 billion to help investigate the corporations and politicians for war crimes , and financial crimes. Avoiding taxes and creating non stop wars in the Middle East. We need to restart our government , it's gotten to corrupt and way to powerful, the founding fathers didn't intend for our government to be this powerful and corrupt .
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    Wait and see was the approach taken to fight AIDS being halfhearted is not going to mitigate the pain to parents and to society of mal-formed babies. Spend $ now, save on medical care in the long run.
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    Check to see who stands to benefit the most financially from this decision... Then check to see if those same people are part of the reason all we hear about on the news is the Zika virus. This is a false alarm! And like most false alarms, the fire department stands to make a profit by charging you a false alarm fee.
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    We don't have $2,000,000,000
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    Although something does need to be done about the virus, it isn't an epidemic in our own nation compared to Brazil and other largely affected countries. As a country already in debt, setting aside this enormous amount of money isn't in our best interest.
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    Way too much and don't trust federal spending practices
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    Let's not add to our debt needlessly.
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    No! We need to cut up Dear Leaders credit card! Ridiculous!
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    Let the private medical industry do it that's how they make there money why should tax payer money be used for a cure that they will profit from when the develop a cure on the tax payer dime
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    Let's be proactive instead of reactive.
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    This will just be another form of corporate welfare. Maybe the government should give rewards to companies that come up with a reasonable cost effective way to fight the virus. Doing so would likely lead a way to fight more quickly.
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    I think we should contribute some money to contain the virus but I don't think we need to spend $2 billion to do so
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    That's just another way to spread wealth among liberals in office!
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