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Zika Makes It Rain Pesticides With Your Taxpayer Money

Zika Virus Warning

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  • The U.S. House of Representatives has passed a $1.1 billion Zika funding bill, which still falls short of the $1.9 billion the White House had called for
  • A rider inserted into the bill would allow pesticides to be sprayed over ditches, streams and other waterways protected by the Clean Water Act for a period of 180 days, with no permit required
  • Critics argued the bill has nothing to do with combating Zika and, instead, has been on the table for years, with the majority pushing for its passage “under whatever name” was convenient at the time

By Dr. Mercola

Last month, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill that would provide $622 million to fight Zika virus, which some believe may be associated with suspected cases of the birth defect microcephaly. That money was intended to get U.S. health agencies through the end of September.


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