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Senate Majority Leader Blames Democrats For Senate’s Failure To Pass Emergency Zika Funding In Republican Convention Speech

STAT: In convention speech, McConnell blames Democrats for Zika standoff
“Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell used his Republican convention speech Tuesday night as a platform to blame the Democrats for the Senate’s failure to approve emergency funds to fight the Zika virus. … McConnell’s speech before a prime time, national audience was an escalation of his efforts to blame the standoff on the Democrats. It came after two failed attempts in the Senate — including one right before the recess — to end a filibuster over the final Zika funding bill, which was negotiated by House and Senate Republicans and passed by the House…” (Nather, 7/19).

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