Some U.S. Senate Republican Leaders Express Skepticism For Emergency Zika Funding; Bipartisan Bill Would Add Virus To FDA Incentive Program

The Hill: GOP skeptical of new funding for Zika
“…Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell and other top health officials came to Capitol Hill to brief top senators in both parties on Zika and make the case for $1.8 billion in emergency funding. But Republican leaders leaving the briefing pointed to existing funds, including leftover money appropriated to fight Ebola, as being available for the Zika response. They did not rule out an emergency funding bill, however…” (Sullivan, 2/9).

WFMJ: Brown and other Senators introduce bi-partisan Zika virus legislation
“Following a second confirmed case of Zika virus in Ohio, several U.S. senators have introduced legislation that would add Zika to the FDA program that helps incentivize the development of new drugs and treatments for tropical diseases. Ohio Senator Sherrod Brown has joined Senators Al Franken (D-Minn.), Bill Nelson (D-Fla.), and Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.) in introducing a bipartisan bill that would accelerate the development of a Zika vaccine…” (2/9).