Democratic Presidential Nominee Clinton Calls On Congress To Reconvene In Special Session To Approve Zika Funding

The Atlantic: Hillary Clinton to Congress: Come Back to D.C. and Fund Zika Research
“Hillary Clinton has a message for congressional Republicans: Get back to work. At a Florida campaign stop on Tuesday, the Democratic presidential nominee urged members to return to Washington and pass additional funding for Zika, which public-health officials confirmed last month has spread locally in the Miami area…” (Kelly, 8/9).

CNN: Clinton: Congress must return to fund Zika fight
“…In remarks after the tour [of the Borinquen Medical Center], Clinton insisted Republican leaders in Congress … call for a special session to either craft a bipartisan compromise bill to provide funding for fighting the disease or to pass legislation that stalled before lawmakers left Washington for a seven-week recess last month…” (Merica/Lee, 8/9).

The Hill: Clinton calls on Congress to pass Zika bill ‘immediately’
“… ‘I am very disappointed that the Congress went on recess before actually agreeing on what they would do to put the resources into this fight,’ Clinton said during a Tuesday visit to a health center in Miami, where there have been a number of recent cases of Zika transmitted by mosquitoes…” (Sullivan, 8/9).

POLITICO: Clinton calls out Congress on Florida Zika outbreak
“…The former secretary of state said the failure of Congress to act does ‘a grave disservice’ to the many medical professionals on the front lines trying to keep the virus from spreading…” (Kim/Bustos, 8/9).

USA TODAY: Clinton calls on Congress to return, address Zika funding
“…As of early August, there have been more than 1,800 cases of Zika confirmed across the U.S. The Wynwood neighborhood of Miami that Clinton visited is where the first cases of local transmission have been detected…” (Przybyla, 8/9).

Washington Post: Clinton urges GOP congressional leaders to take emergency action on Zika
“… ‘I would very much urge the leadership of Congress to call people back for a special session and get a bill passed,’ [Clinton] said…” (Gearan, 8/9).

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