Congressman Brings 100 Living Mosquitoes on to House Floor

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Florida Rep. David Jolly took to the floor of the House earlier this afternoon to try to convince his colleagues to pass a bill funding the fight against Zika in his state. He wasn’t alone.

In what one can only assume was a veiled threat, Jolly carried with him a jar of 100 living mosquitoes. “Now, they are not active carriers, but they could be,” he said.

“Can you imagine, colleagues, the fear and anxiety in this chamber if these hundred mosquitoes were outside this jar and not inside this jar?” he asked, gripping the jar in one hand. If Congress doesn’t pass something soon, they may very well find out.