House Majority Whip Steve Scalise speaks on legislation to keep Louisiana safe from Zika

 

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>> EARLIER THIS WEEK, A BABY MICROCEPHALY. THIS IS A PICTURE OF THAT BABY GIRL. THE CHILD'S MOTHER INFECTED BY THE ZIKA VIRUS. AS CONCERNS GROW, SOME LAWMAKERS ARE WORKING TO KEEP PEOPLE IN LOUISIANA SAY FROM THE VIRUS. HOUS MAJORITY LEADER STEVE SCALISE IS WITH US. YOU HELPED LEAD THE EFFORT IN CONGRESS. WHAT LEGISLATION HAS PASSED? MARGARET: WE HAVE BEEN -- MR. SCALISE: WE HAVE BE RE-PRIORITIZED EXISTING MONEY. TAKING THINGS AWAY FROM EBOLA. LAST YEAR SOME AREAS WHERE WE MOVED MONEY TO REPRIORITIZE TO GO AFTER FINDING CURES FOR ZIKA AND ALSO BE ABLE TO BE MORE COMMUNITIES FOR ZIKA. WHAT IS BEING DONE LOCALLY TO PREVENT ZIKA FROM SPREADING? MR. SCALISE: IN SOUTH LOUISIANA, WE KNOW ABOUT MOSQUITOES. WE SPRAY AGGRESSIVELY. ONE THING I WORK ON FOR SPONSORING A BILL WE PASSED OUT OF THE HOUSE LAST WEEK WAS THE ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENC THAT MAKE IT HARDER TO SPRAY FOR MOSQUITOES WHERE THEY BREED, NEAR SOURCES OF WATER. YOU WANT TO TALK ABOUT A RIDICULOUS LEGISLATION. FEDERALLY APPROVED. TO SPRAY. YOU WERE TALKING ABOUT PUTTING CURE. TH C.D.C. HA ACKNOWLEDGED IT IS SPREAD BY MOSQUITOES BITES. WE HAVE A BILL AS PART OF THE PACKAGE TO REMOVE BARRIERS SO AT CAN MORE EFFECTIVELY KILL THE MOSQUITOES THAT TRANSMIT THIS DISEASE. >> IT DOES SEEM LIKE A ROADBLOCK THAT IS UNNECESSARY. YOU WANT TO TALK ABOUT THE LATEST WITH THE HEALTH CARE ACT? MR. SCALISE: WE GOT NEW REPORTS THAT SAY ACROSS THE COUNTRY THERE IS GOING TO BE 30% INCREASES TO HELP BILLS RELATED LAW. IT MAKES IT MORE EXPENSIVE AND HARDER TO BUY INSURANCE THEY