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Senator John Cornyn Helps Harris County Officials Set Up Mosquito Traps

He says he wants to learn more about the processes to control local mosquito populations before he heads back to the Senate to vote on funding for Zika preparedness.

Doctor Mustapha Debboun, director of Harris County's Mosquito and Vector Control, U.S. Senator John Cornyn, and Doctor Umair Shah, executive director of Harris County Public Health examine a mosquito trap in a south Houston neighborhood.
From left to right: Doctor Mustapha Debboun, director of Harris County’s Mosquito and Vector Control, U.S. Senator John Cornyn, and Doctor Umair Shah, executive director of Harris County Public Health examine a mosquito trap in a south Houston neighborhood.

U.S. Sen. John Cornyn tagged along Tuesday with mosquito control experts in Houston.

The Republican Senator from Texas says he wants to learn more about how Harris County public health officials search for signs of Zika and West Nile viruses, before he heads back to Washington, D.C. to vote on funding for Zika.

Cornyn visited a south Houston neighborhood and helped set up traps for mosquitos.

A Harris County Public Health worker shows mosquitos found in one of the traps Senator Cornyn examined.
A Harris County Public Health worker shows mosquitos found in one of the traps Senator Cornyn examined.

Dr. Umair Shah, Harris County’s public health executive director, and Dr. Mustapha Debboun, director of the Mosquito Control division, accompanied the Senator.

They explained the different types of mosquitos that live in Houston and what diseases they transmit.

Cornyn said it was a good lesson on something that affects all Houstonians.

“I wanted to come here today and see the good work that’s being done here locally and understand the importance of this part of the puzzle and, hopefully, help me go back to Washington and tell the story a little more persuasively than we have to this point.”

The Senate is scheduled to vote next week on a funding bill for Zika preparedness.

So far, that funding has stalled in Congress with Republicans proposing 1.1 billion dollars, instead of the 1.9 billion President Barack Obama originally requested.

Additionally, the GOP wants to link the funding to new abortion restrictions.

Senate Democrats have blocked that option.

Cornyn says the long term solution for the Zika virus should be developing a vaccine.

Senator Cornyn also set a mosquito trap by himself. The U.S. Senate is scheduled to vote on a funding bill for Zika preparedness next week.
Senator Cornyn also set a mosquito trap by himself. The U.S. Senate is scheduled to vote on a funding bill for Zika preparedness next week.

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