Gov. Rick Scott during an earlier trip to Miami to discuss spread of Zika virus

Gov. Rick Scott during an earlier trip to Miami to discuss spread of Zika virus

Florida’s plan for spending its portion of the $1.1 billion in federal Zika-fighting money approved by Congress was still unclear, Gov. Rick Scott conceded in a conference call Thursday.

But the deal approved late Wednesday did give Scott a chance to once again tee-off on Congress and the Obama administration.

“What was frustrating is everybody said they were funding,” Scott said, recalling that he made two trips “walking the halls” of Congress, lobbying for a deal on dollars to fight the mosquito-borne virus.

“Not one person said they were against it. But nothing happened, time and time again…It just shows you why people are frustrated with the incompetence of Washington,” said Scott, who is widely thought to be considering a U.S. Senate run in 2018.

He conceded, though, “it was refreshing something passed.”

Scott also said, “I don’t know how much Florida is going to get and when we’re going to get our funding.”

The governor pointed out that he has already allocated $61.2 million from the state treasury for efforts to combat the virus, including $25 million in long-range research money. Some of those dollars could be replaced once the federal cash arrives, he said.

Scott repeated his call, however, for 10,ooo Zika prevention kits from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, along with better guidance for mosquito control in the 4.5-square-mile area of Miami-Dade County where local transmission of the virus has been identified.





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