NEWS: Mica Comes Back from 7-Week Recess, Votes 8th Time to Block Zika Funding Bill

ORLANDO – Former national security specialist and Democratic nominee for Congress Stephanie Murphy today criticized Republican Congressman John Mica for voting to block additional funding for the Zika virus immediately after returning to D.C. following a seven-week recess.

Statement from Stephanie Murphy:

“Given that Congressman Mica happily joined the Republican-led House in taking the longest recess in decades without ensuring funding to fight the Zika emergency, it is extremely disappointing, but not surprising, that he came back to D.C. and voted for the eighth time to block a bill that provides the resources needed for Zika response.

“Congressman Mica continues to join his obstructionist allies in playing politics instead of holding an up-or-down vote on the President’s request for emergency resources, and in the meantime, the Zika crisis continues to impact more and more Florida families. Florida women and families deserve better.”


Stephanie Murphy is an educator, executive, and former national security specialist who is the Democratic nominee for U.S. Congress in Florida’s Seventh Congressional District. Stephanie currently works as an executive at Sungate Capital where she is responsible for leading investment efforts and implementing government affairs initiatives. She is also an instructor of business and social entrepreneurship at Rollins College. Previously, Stephanie served as a national security specialist in the Office of the Secretary of Defense where she received numerous awards for her distinguished service, including the Secretary of Defense Medal for Exceptional Civilian Service. Stephanie lives in Winter Park with her husband and two children, Liem and Maya ages, five and two.

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