Zika theater at the Capitol

A Florida congressman appeared to threaten to unleash a virus on the U.S. House of Representatives over its inaction.

Congress is nothing if not great theater, as Rep. David Jolly, R-Florida proved again today in his monologue against the refusal of the politicians to do anything to stop the spread of Zika.

“Can you imagine, colleagues, the fear and anxiety in this chamber if these hundred mosquitoes were outside this jar not inside this jar?” Jolly asked. “Members of Congress would run down the hall to the physician’s office to be tested, they would spray themselves before coming down here. This is the fear of Floridians, right here.”

Of course, since almost nobody is actually in the chamber when members give their speeches, the Capitol would be a safe place to be in the event Jolly unleashed his little friends.

The House approved funding for anti-Zika efforts, but attached a sure poison pill to the measure: the elimination of funding for Planned Parenthood. An earlier provision allowing the Confederate flag to be flown at military cemeteries has been removed.

The move has worked so far for Republicans. Most headlines today blame Senate Democrats for the failure to stem the mosquito-borne virus.

  • jon
  • MrE85

    Those bloodsucking pests would never bite a member of Congress, out of professional courtesy.

  • MikeB

    Gee, why do people hate Congress?

  • Mike Worcester

    Ah yes, political theatre on the House floor. Nothing new, right? Anybody remember this guy?

  • Gary F
    • Your confirming that, indeed, Congress is a great place for political theater.

  • crystals

    When was the last time Congress did something meaningful and bi-partisan that we, as voters and taxpayers, could praise them for in good conscience? I’d love to know. Maybe they need positive reinforcement for good behavior, just like middle schoolers.

  • tboom

    I’ve been to Washington and have seen MC’s (Members of Congress) speak in front of an empty house and a gallery of two people. The House Chambers would be about the safest place in DC to release those little guys, they could live a lifetime without encountering a human.

  • Kassie

    If they don’t do something about Zika, the need for Planned Parenthood is going to expand greatly. The two are very much tied which makes this all the more infuriating.

  • dukepowell

    Senate Republicans are not proposing to defund Planned Parenthood in this measure.

    • Not including PP as one of the recipients to combat the transmission of Zika is basically the same thing.

      But hey, split those hairs!

      • Duke Powell

        Accurate reporting is a function of the news room and not a splitting of hairs.

        Stating that Republicans are moving to eliminate funding for Planned Parenthood in this funding bill represents the true “Zika Theater.”

        • Bob – DP is right. The following sentence isn’t accurate:

          The House approved funding for anti-Zika efforts, but attached a sure poison pill to the measure: the elimination of funding for Planned Parenthood.