PolitiFact: Federal government withholding Zika funding, Scott says

Last Updated: Thursday, January 19, 2017, 5:24 AM EST

Florida dealt with its fair share of Zika cases.  In some instances, some southern parts of the state took extra precautions to prevent the virus’ spread.

To help, the U.S. Congress passed a bill committing millions of dollars to help fight Zika, but according to Governor Rick Scott the money has been slow to arrive in the Sunshine State.

Recently, the Florida Republican said President Barack Obama signed a bill for more than $1 billion in Zika funding, but “the federal government has still only committed $7 million” to help Florida.

PolitiFact Florida heard the claim and gave it a HALF TRUE rating.

Writer Josh Gillin said $15 million dollars is promised to Florida, but only part of it has arrived; about $7.5 million.

“The federal goverment keeps track of where that money is, what they're using it for, so there's more money coming to the state of Florida, but also we need to keep in mind that there are other sources of funding for Zika, some $9 million worth of grants for research and for other uses related to this, and Scott's really not mentioning that,” Gillin said.

For that reason, Scott’s claim received a HALF TRUE rating.

Scott says Florida Zika funding withheld