Earnest Hits GOPers Over Zika Funding: Does ‘Animosity’ for Obama Trump Protecting People?

The White House today announced $589 million will be used to combat the spread of the Zika virus, but made it clear they want Congress to act as soon as possible on passing more funding.

According to Reuters, this money comes from previous Ebola allocations and is a temporary fix while they continue to press for additional funding. Health & Human Services Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell warned that without full funding, efforts to combat Zika would prove harder.

Some Republicans in Congress have expressed skepticism about approving the funding, and during today’s White House press briefing, Josh Earnest said that legislators from Southern states should be seriously concerned.

He pointed out that many of the vulnerable states are mostly run by Republicans and said this:

“I guess at some point they’re gonna have to choose whether or not their animosity toward President Obama trumps their desire to try to protect pregnant women in their states from this terrible disease.”

Watch above, via ABC.

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