News Outlets Examine Congress’s Science-, Health-Related Docket As Session Resumes

CQ HealthBeat: Zika, Public Health, Cures Top Health Agenda
“Lawmakers return this week with plans to address one big ticket health-related item: funding to address the Zika virus. They also plan to move forward with lower-ranked priorities like markups of public health legislation and a hearing on post-acute care legislation that would affect services people receive after serious illness…” (Mershon/Young, 9/6).

New York Times: Five Things to Know About Congress’s Fight Over Zika
“Congress has had difficulty accomplishing much in this session, even where a potential health crisis like the Zika virus is concerned. Here are five questions that help explain the debate…” (Huetteman, 9/6).

Science: Congress returns, with a long science to-do list and not much time
“Congress returns … from a seven-week summer break with a lengthy list of unfinished business, some of great interest to the U.S. research community — and just a few weeks to tackle it. Lawmakers aren’t likely to pare that list by much before they return to the campaign trail for a final push before Election Day on 8 November. But they will have a second shot when they return for a lame-duck session after voters have chosen a successor to President Barack Obama and a new Congress…” (9/6).