GOP Holds Zika Virus Funds Hostage To Get Confederate Flag In Cemetaries

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Confederate Flags Or The Zika Virus?

It looked as if the Republican representatives might have done something good after all. But, no, they spend their time trying to undo the ban of Confederate flags in military cemeteries by holding Zika virus funding hostage. This virus creates terrible birth defects in pregnant women.

When a mosquito infected with this virus draws blood from the woman or her mate, the Zika virus begins its frightening journey. A man who becomes infected with the Zika virus can pass it on to the women and her fetus for 90 days afterward.

The CDC [Center for Disease Control and Prevention] says this about Zika:

‘The most common symptoms of Zika are fever, rash, joint pain, and conjunctivitis (red eyes). The illness is usually mild with symptoms lasting for several days to a week after being bitten by an infected mosquito.’

‘People usually don’t get sick enough to go to the hospital, and they very rarely die of  Zika. For this reason, many people might not realize they have been infected. However, Zika virus infection during pregnancy can cause a serious birth defect called microcephaly, as well as other severe fetal brain defects.’

So what is microcephaly? It is a birth defect where the baby’s head is much smaller, because during pregnancy, its brain stopped growing before or after birth. It can occur alone or “with a combination of other major birth defects.”

The House lawmakers decided it would be a good idea to slip legislation reversing a ban on placing the Confederate flags in federal military cemeteries into an appropriations bill containing Zika funding,  according to Talking Points Memo. It passed last week along partisan lines, but the Democrats filibustered to block it in the Senate.

Before leaving for an extended 4th of July holiday, lawmakers decided to spend their limited time cutting Planned Parenthood funding and trying to undermine Obamacare [the Affordable Care Act or ACA.]

Originally, the House approved legislation that restricted placing Confederate flags in national cemetaries, only last month, and it was considered landmark decision. The reason is that the Republicans have used Confederate flag issues to pull appropriate bills in the past.

Now. the Republicans threaten Democrats that the U.S. people will blame them for Zika. Democrats countered, saying the filibuster was to insure the Confederate flag ban and similar provisions remained intact.

Republicans would rather infect a whole generation of babies with a monstrous disease than give up on confederate flags. Amazing.

Featured Image: Jamie via Flickr, Creative Commons License.

H/T: Talking Points Memo.