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MAYOR BRONIN URGES CONGRESS TO TAKE ACTION TO ADDRESS GUN VIOLENCE AND ZIKA VIRUS BEFORE TWO-MONTH SUMMER RECESS

MAYOR BRONIN URGES CONGRESS TO TAKE ACTION TO ADDRESS GUN VIOLENCE AND ZIKA VIRUS BEFORE TWO-MONTH SUMMER RECESS
 
HARTFORD, CONN. (JULY 14, 2016) — Today, Mayor Luke Bronin urged Congress to take action to address two critical public health threats facing the nation — gun violence and the Zika virus — before leaving for a seven-week summer recess. Mayor Bronin also thanked Connecticut's Congressional delegation for leading the charge on these two issues.
 
“If members of Congress fail to approve much-needed funds for combatting the Zika virus and the epidemic of gun violence, they will have failed in their most basic responsibility -- protecting public safety,” said Mayor Bronin. “Senators Blumenthal and Murphy, Representative Larson, and Connecticut’s entire Congressional delegation have been leading the charge to pass common-sense gun laws and funding to combat the spread of the Zika virus. I’m urging Congress to follow the lead of the Connecticut's Congressional delegation and to take action on these two critical issues before leaving Washington."
 
Congress has yet to approve funding necessary for anti-Zika vaccine development, despite President Obama's request in February for $1.9 billion to prevent, detect, and respond to the Zika virus and its associated health effects. Nationwide, more 935 people — including over 287 pregnant women — have been infected by the Zika disease to date. In the Constitution State alone, 25 people have tested positive for the Zika virus to date, according to the Connecticut Department of Public Health.
 
Mayor Bronin also expressed concern that the burden of a Zika outbreak will fall disproportionately on vulnerable populations. He stated that this is due to disparities in exposure to environmental and health hazards — such as abandoned buildings, lack of screens and air-conditioning, vacant lots, and standing water — that serve as breeding grounds for the types of mosquitos that can transmit diseases.

“Given the profound health effects of the Zika virus, and the obvious threat to citizens across the country — especially pregnant women and their babies — it would be unconscionable for Congress to ignore this chance to combat Zika."
 
Mayor Bronin also urged Congress to take action to enact common sense gun laws. Despite mass shootings in recent weeks, Congress is preparing to go on a two-month recess without passing common-sense gun measures.
 
“How many more tragedies do we have to see, how many more moments of silence and flags at half mast, before Congress takes action?” said Mayor Bronin. “Congress needs to take action on common-sense gun measures, and I commend our Connecticut delegation for pressing their colleagues to do their job."

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