Obama Administration Updates Zika Funding Request To Congress, With More Money Going To Vaccine Research

The Hill: White House tweaks Zika money request with eye toward vaccines
“The White House is tweaking its request to Congress for Zika funding amid a battle with Republicans. The updated request sent late Monday keeps the same top-line number of $1.9 billion but shifts more money into vaccine research, according to a summary, in a response to new developments…” (Sullivan, 4/19).

The Hill: McConnell: In the end, no resistance to new Zika money
“Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said Tuesday that in the end, he does not think there will be opposition to providing new funding to combat the Zika virus. McConnell said congressional Republicans are working with the administration to figure out the details…” (Sullivan, 4/19).

Roll Call: Zika Funding Fight Reignites
“..In Congress, House Appropriations Chairman Harold Rogers continued his war of words with the administration over the emergency supplemental. ‘For several months now, we’ve been trying to find out what is absolutely needed now, in ’16, in order to find out whether or not the moneys left over from Ebola [are] enough to cover the rest of this fiscal year,’ Rogers told CQ Roll Call late on Monday, prior to the disclosure of the administration’s updated request…” (Mejdrich, 4/19).

STAT: White House wants to direct more money to Zika vaccine
“…In an updated request sent to Capitol Hill Monday and provided to STAT by a congressional aide, the administration increases the amount of research funding, including vaccine research, for the National Institutes of Health from $130 million to $277 million. … The administration is also upping its request for the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority’s work on vaccines and diagnostic tests from $100 million to $188 million…” (Scott, 4/18).

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