Sens. Rubio, Kaine Call On Congress To Return To D.C. To Pass Zika Funding Legislation; HHS Says Current Funding To Be Depleted By End Of September

The Hill: Rubio calls for lawmakers to return to D.C., pass Zika funding
“Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) is calling for lawmakers [to] stop their seven-week summer recess to return to Washington and pass legislation to fight the Zika virus…” (Carney, 8/3).

New York Times: Tim Kaine, Straddling Dual Roles, Calls for Congress to Provide Zika Funding
“Tim Kaine’s dual jobs, Democratic senator from Virginia and vice-presidential candidate, collided on Tuesday during a visit to Florida, when he called on Republicans to bring the Senate back into session to deal with the Zika threat given the outbreak in the state’s south…” (Hulse, 8/3).

POLITICO: Rubio: Trump ‘hopefully’ will pay attention to Zika
“Sen. Marco Rubio called on both political parties in Washington to do more to fight the Zika virus, but he was almost mum Wednesday when asked about why his party’s presidential nominee has essentially said nothing about the disease now that it’s spreading in Miami and throughout Florida…” (Caputo, 8/3).

Roll Call: Zika Funding Gone by the End of September, HHS Says
“The Obama administration on Wednesday pushed back against congressional criticism that available funding to combat the Zika virus is not being spent fast enough, claiming all the money on hand for domestic Zika efforts will be exhausted by the end of September. In a letter to senior health and foreign appropriators in both chambers, Sylvia Mathews Burwell, the secretary of Health and Human Services, provided further details of how the department is spending its share of the $589 million that the administration reprogrammed in April to fight Zika…” (McCrimmon, 8/3).

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