In USA Today editorial, Scott blames “complete dysfunction” in D.C. for stalled funding of Zika fight

Gov. Rick Scott blames Washington for failing to finance fight against Zika virus

Gov. Rick Scott blames Washington for failing to finance fight against Zika virus

Gov. Rick Scott wrote a guest editorial for Thursday’s USA Today, blaming the “complete dysfunction in Washington” for blocking critical funding to fight the Zika virus.

“When you travel around and talk to voters all across the country today, they will tell you that Washington is broken,” Scott wrote.

“That’s not really true, it is much worse than broken. To call our federal government broken is far too complimentary. No, the truth is that Washington is completely incompetent.”

He went on to say, “Everything we are doing in Florida to combat this virus is to protect pregnant women and their developing babies. As a father and a grandfather, I cannot imagine the challenges a child would have being born with microcephaly — or any other birth defect for that matter.

“That’s why I have continued to call on Congress to get involved in the fight against Zika. How hard could this be? Zika is a threat to our health and it can cause terrible birth defects.”

Scott is building on his byline count in USA Today. He wrote a similar piece in January touting Republican Donald Trump as having captured the nation’s pulse — endorsing him a couple months later after Trump won the Florida presidential primary.

Scott has made two trips to Congress lobbying for a deal on Zika funding. Meanwhile, Scott has steered $36.2 million in state dollars toward battling the virus in Florida, home to more than 800 cases of travel- and locally-contracted Zika.

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