Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., walks onto the stage holding a gun before speaking at the Conservative Political Action Committee annual conference in National Harbor, Md., Thursday, March 6, 2014. Thursday marks the first day of the annual Conservative Political Action Conference, which brings together prospective presidential candidates, conservative opinion leaders and tea party activists from coast to coast. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
One of our most-read editorials is about the idea that Senate Majority Leader, Mitch McConnell, is the biggest welfare recipient of the United States, because he receives a paycheck from the U.S. Government of over $193,000 per year while he has stated publicly he intends to do as little work as possible.
Now, if you are a partisan Republican, you may agree with McConnell’s concept of blocking all the opposition wishes to accomplish, however, it you truly care about the health and well-being of the American public, you may just cringe at this news from Fortune magazine:
A Texas Baby Just Became the First Known Person to Die From Zika in the U.S.
The baby was born a few weeks ago with microcephaly. The Zika virus outbreak claimed its first known life in the United States when a baby who tested positive for the virus and developed birth defects died in Texas, health officials said Tuesday.
The baby was born in a Houston-area Harris County hospital several weeks ago and exhibited birth defects including microcephaly, or an abnormally small head, that are associated with the virus. The child’s mother is believed to have contracted Zika while traveling abroad in El Salvador and wasn’t aware she had it.
As of August 3, there were 1,818 travel-reported cases of Zika virus in U.S. states. But the number of infections transmitted from local mosquitoes in Florida has also been growing – and the spread is expected to get worse in the coming months, Dr. Peter Hotez, Dean for the National School of Tropical Medicine at Houston’s Baylor College of Medicine, told Fortune in a recent interview.
Mitch McConnell argued that the Zika bill needs to have unrelated items attached to it — in this case targeting Planned Parenthood, preserving the Confederate flag and other items — because that’s how legislation passes.
McConnell is worse than a ‘Do-Nothing’ Senate Leader, his focus on nothing but politics can be directly attributed to the lack of approval for the funding requested by the White House needed to battle the fast-moving Zika virus. McConnell was recently asked about whether or not Congress would be able to approve that funding, and his response was that perhaps it could be, after Congress comes back from vacation, “after Labor Day.“