House Democrats Attempt To Force Vote On Zika Funding As July 4th Recess Approaches

The Atlantic: House Democrats Try to Force Another Vote on Zika
“Congressional lawmakers started formal negotiations last week on Zika funding, but things aren’t moving fast enough for House Democrats…” (Kelly, 6/21).

CQ News: Zika Spending Talks Headed for the Finish Line, But No Deal Yet
“…A Democratic Senate conferee indicated that negotiations were among leaders as well as the chairmen and ranking Democrats of the House and Senate Appropriations committees. The final product is expected to contain funding closer to the Senate’s proposed $1.1 billion emergency spending package (HR 2577), although the package is also expected to include at least partial offsets to make it palatable to Republicans in both chambers…” (McCrimmon/Mejdrich, 6/21).

The Hill: Democrats file discharge petition on Zika funding bill
“…Democrats said Tuesday they have filed a discharge petition to bring up a Zika funding bill from the top Democrat on the House Appropriations Committee, New York Rep. Nita Lowey. The last-ditch move comes just three days before Congress leaves town for its Fourth of July recess — a date that public health experts have called a crucial deadline to get resources out to vulnerable states…” (Ferris, 6/21).

Washington Post: Congress may be nearing a deal on Zika funding
“…Sen. Patty Murray, (D-Wa.), who helped write the Senate legislation, on Tuesday pressed for her fellow negotiators to finish their work and adopt the Senate-passed language. … Both congressional proposals fall short of the $1.9 billion requested by President Obama — but White House officials are less critical of the Senate figure…” (Snell, 6/21).

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