TALLAHASSEE – Gov. Rick Scott will head to Washington, D.C. on Wednesday for a two-day trip in search of more resources and greater coordination with the federal government in responding to the outbreak of the Zika virus.
“My job is to keep the 20 million people that live in our state safe, the over 100 million people that come here as tourists safe,” Scott told reporters Tuesday. “The federal government needs to be a good partner like they are for other potential emergencies.”
U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Melbourne, filed a bill last month to spend $1.9 billion in Zika prevention and response, the amount requested by the Obama administration. Most Republicans have balked, but U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Miami, has said the money is needed.