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As U.S. Congress Continues To Dispute Zika Funding, Majority Of Americans Support Additional Investment In Disease, Kaiser Family Foundation Survey Shows

Bloomberg: The World Can’t Even Find Pocket Change to Fight Zika
“More than five months after U.S. President Barack Obama requested $1.9 billion to fight the Zika epidemic, members of Congress are going home to July 4 barbecues without approving a spending bill. While Washington’s dysfunction is predictable given the current electoral climate, less noticed has been the global inertia facing efforts to combat the mosquito-borne disease…” (Tozzi, 6/30).

Morning Consult: Most Americans Want Zika Funding, Poll Finds
“The Zika virus is on most Americans’ radar. Nearly three-fourths of Americans think the government should invest more money in research and preventing the spread of the virus, according to a poll released Thursday by the Kaiser Family Foundation. The data comes after the Senate failed this week to pass a spending bill that would address the Zika virus…” (McIntire, 6/30).

Washington Examiner: Poll: Three in four Americans want Zika funding
“…[According to the Kaiser survey, m]ajorities of voters in both parties want more investment in Zika. Eighty percent of Democrats and 66 percent of Republicans said more money should be spent on prevention efforts. Meanwhile, a Zika-funding bill remains stalled in Congress, as Senate Democrats continue blocking a $1.1 billion bill advanced by Republicans. The parties are in dispute over how much to spend and whether to offset the spending. President Obama has requested $1.9 billion…” (Cunningham, 6/30).

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