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Florida Governor Pushes For Zika Funding On Capitol Hill; State’s Representatives Press For Clean Bill As Negotiators Continue To Struggle With Contraception Services Language

Associated Press: Florida Gov. Scott presses for Zika money, blasts Democrats
“Florida GOP Gov. Rick Scott came to Washington on Tuesday to press for long-overdue money to fight the Zika virus, making his case for the money with top congressional Republicans like House Speaker Paul Ryan — while blasting away at the Obama administration and Democrats like three-term Florida Sen. Bill Nelson…” (9/13).

CQ News: ‘Clean’ Zika Funding Bill Pushed by Florida Delegation
“Florida lawmakers from both political parties continued to push for a clean Zika funding bill on Tuesday as congressional leaders got closer to releasing details of the stopgap funding package expected to contain money to address the mosquito-borne illness. Members of the state’s House and Senate delegation as well as its governor spent much of the day advocating for a bill that does not contain any of the political policy provisions that stalled it in the Senate earlier this year. The most controversial one deals with Planned Parenthood funding in Puerto Rico…” (Shutt, 9/13).

CQ HealthBeat: Contraception Services Vexes Stopgap Bill Talks
“Optimism about Senate passage this week of a stopgap spending bill has dimmed as negotiators continue to wrestle with how to adjust Zika funding provisions on contraception services — particularly language restricting the flow of funding to Planned Parenthood affiliates in Puerto Rico. Senate negotiators seeking to finesse funding restrictions for contraception services have so far been met with objections from House Republicans…” (Jenks, 9/14).