CDC Director Urges U.S. Congress To Act On Zika; Obama Increases Coordination With States; Sen. Rubio Urges Lawmakers To Fully Fund Administration’s Request

Associated Press: CDC director: Funding delay hurts fight against Zika
“Epidemics can spread in days and weeks and the sooner that Congress acts on Zika funding the better, a top U.S health official said on Thursday. ‘We really need to make sure that Congress acts quickly,’ Dr. Thomas Frieden, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said. … The Obama administration’s $1.9 billion request, made in February, would allow officials to continue Zika prevention efforts and begin studying long-term effects of people infected by the disease, he said…” (Foody, 6/9).

POLITICO: Obama ratchets up Zika readiness plan
“The White House intensified its coordination with the predominantly Republican governors who lead the states most threatened by Zika on Thursday afternoon, sharing the administration’s freshly completed action plan with the executives in a conference call on Thursday afternoon…” (Wheaton, 6/9).

Roll Call: Rubio Still Pushing Obama’s Full Anti-Zika Funding
“Sen. Marco Rubio is an outlier among Republicans when it comes to funding to fight the Zika virus. And in a new letter Thursday evening, the Florida Republican continued what appears to be an uphill battle to get the full level of assistance pushed by the Obama administration…” (Lesniewski, 6/9).