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Senate Leaders Hold Talks Aimed At Compromise Over Zika Response Funding, Stopgap Spending Measure

CNN: Senate leaders report progress in talks over Zika and government funding
“Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who is anxious to both head off the threat of a government shutdown and preserve his Republican majority, announced Wednesday he is in talks with Senate Democrats and the White House to extend funding for federal agencies until December 9. He also said they are negotiating a bill to combat the Zika virus and is ‘hopeful and optimistic’ a deal can be reached soon and that floor debate could begin next week…” (Barrett/Walsh, 9/7).

PBS NewsHour: Senate leaders see path forward on funding Zika virus
“…Zika has been the central issue Congress confronts as it returns from a seven-week recess. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say it will run out of money to fight Zika by the end of this month. President Obama in February asked Congress to approve $1.9 billion in emergency Zika money. So far, zero has been approved…” (Bowman, 9/7).

Reuters: U.S. lawmakers seek compromise on Zika virus funding
“…Republicans and Democrats huddled separately in closed meetings in both the Senate and House to see if they could reach a compromise during a 19-day work session this month, before lawmakers break for a recess in the weeks before the Nov. 8 U.S. election. Lawmakers returned to work this week after a seven-week summer recess…” (Cowan/Cornwell, 9/8).

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