The Republican-controlled U.S. House on Tuesday passed legislation—newly rebranded with the word \u0022Zika\u0022 in it—that Democrats say is in fact not at all about the addressing the threat of the virus but making it easier for pesticides to contaminate the nation\u0026#039;s waterways.Previously called the \u0022Reducing Regulatory Burdens Act,\u0022 the \u0022Zika Vector Control Act\u0022 passed the House 258-156.According to House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (Md), H.R. 897 \u0022is nothing but a Trojan horse, with practically nothing to do with Zika.\u0022It was sponsored by Rep. Bob Gibbs (R-Ohio), who, as Cleveland.com reported last week, \u0022For years [...] has tried to get Congress to change permitting requirements for pesticides sprayed near water.\u0022 The Obama administration issued a statement earlier this week saying (pdf) that it \u0022strongly opposes\u0022 the legislation, as it \u0022would weaken environmental protections under the Clean Water Act.\u0022 Indeed, the Act\u0026#039;s summary states that itestablishes exemptions for the following discharges containing a pesticide or pesticide residue: (1) a discharge resulting from the application of a pesticide in violation of FIFRA that is relevant to protecting water quality, if the discharge would not have occurred but for the violation or the amount of pesticide or pesticide residue contained in the discharge is greater than would have occurred without the violation; (2) stormwater discharges regulated under the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES); and (3) discharges regulated under NPDES of manufacturing or industrial effluent or treatment works effluent and discharges incidental to the normal operation of a vessel, including a discharge resulting from operations concerning ballast water held in ships to increase stability or vessel biofouling prevention.Gibbs, The Hill notes, \u0022said it would help to eliminate a \u0026#039;duplicative and unnecessary permitting regulation\u0026#039; that has made it more difficult for some local governments to spread for mosquitoes.\u0022Journalist and documentary filmmaker Leighton Woodhouse, for his part,referred to the bill as \u0022Straight up #disastercapitalism.\u0022Representative Rosa L. DeLauro (D-Conn.)., meanwhile, said it \u0022is a sham.\u0022\u0022It is nothing but trying to weaken the environmental regulations. It exempts, a broad exemption, of toxic pesticides from the Clean Water Act,\u0022 she said to PBS Newshour Monday, adding that the bill stands to \u0022pollute our rivers and contaminate our water.\u0022 Rep. Grace F. Napolitano (D-Calif.) spoke out against the measure on the House floor Tuesday, calling it \u0022misguided\u0022 and \u0022harmful.\u0022\u0022I am very concerned about the effect of these pesticides on the health of our rivers, on our streams, and especially the drinking water supplies of all our citizens, including pregnant women,\u0022 Napolitano added.Slamming the repeated iterations of the bill that threatens \u0022to undo protections that safeguard our environment and public health,\u0022 Hoyer said that to \u0022bring the same bill back to the Floor last week and again today, renamed with \u0026#039;Zika\u0026#039; in the title, is one of the most egregious displays of dishonesty I\u0026#039;ve seen while serving in the House.\u0022\u0022It is an act that seeks to provide political cover for Republicans who refused to act on President Obama\u0026#039;s urgent request for funding to address the Zika outbreak in a serious way. House Republicans might as well bring this bill to the Floor and rename it the \u0026#039;Making Pesticides Great Again\u0026#039; Act, because in truth it would remove virtually all federal oversight concerning the use of chemical pesticides to ensure they do not end up in our water supply,\u0022 he charged.The bill also met outrage from Natural Resources Defense Council\u0026#039;s government arm, which tweeted:#Zika must be killed but Zika Vector Control Act is not the way to do it. It will instead allow greater pesticide pollution in our waters— NRDC Gov\u0026#039;t Affairs (@NRDCFedGov) May 24, 2016#HR897 has nothing to do with #Zika \u0026amp; everything to do with gutting Clean Water Act. Defeated last week, but House about to try again.— NRDC Gov\u0026#039;t Affairs (@NRDCFedGov) May 24, 2016#HR897 is a Trojan horse that uses #Zika threat to exempt toxic pesticides from Clean Water Act protections https://t.co/w1Jo9SMUCT— NRDC Gov\u0026#039;t Affairs (@NRDCFedGov) May 24, 2016\u0026nbsp;The Associated Press notes that the Obama administration\u0026#039;s statement \u0022stopped short of threatening a veto\u0022 of the bill.