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The $1.1 billion Congress recently approved for fighting the Zika virus was much needed, albeit overdue. The Zika funding crisis exposed weakness in our government’s ability to rapidly respond to health pandemics. Congress spent the better part of a year in bipartisan gridlock, arguing about where emergency research money would come from. While the Zika pandemic was relatively tame here, it is clear that, in order to preemptively combat future funding crises surrounding outbreaks of infectious disease, the government must invest in proper preparedness.
Through the course of this election cycle, it has become clear that the divide between our major political parties has never been more pronounced. This divide exists when it comes to scientific policy, as well. In recent years, Republicans have been characterized as largely anti-science, where as Democrats are assumed to be more receptive and supportive of scientific issues and policies. With our next president being elected in the coming weeks, we as a community must take the time to determine why the divide exists in order to erase party lines on issues that directly benefit the health and well-being of all Americans.
Why do science issues deem to divide us along party lines? (The Conversation)