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Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Marco Rubio issued the following statement today announcing his intention to reintroduce legislation that would provide additional protections from Zika to U.S. military men and women, including those serving in high risk areas:
 
“At the start of June I introduced an amendment to the 2017 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that would have provided additional anti-Zika protections to our troops who are serving in places impacted by the virus. It also would have ensured our military is working closely with our allies to step up their own precautions around our bases overseas. Despite these commonsense provisions being uncontroversial, the amendment was not included in the final bill. Now, with the threat of Zika growing and at least 41 of our servicemembers testing positive for the virus, it’s more important than ever to enact these measures and increase the anti-Zika protections for our troops. That’s why I plan to reintroduce this legislation as a stand-alone bill as soon as the Senate reconvenes, because our troops face enough threats without having to worry about mosquitos and the lasting effects of Zika.”
 
Last month, a civilian contract worker at Naval Station Guantanamo Bay was also confirmed to have contracted Zika.
 
View the text of Senate Amendment 4537, which Rubio submitted to S. 2943 on June 7, 2016.