U.S. Congress Continues Stalemate Over Zika Funding In Last Week Before Summer Recess

The Hill: Reid, McConnell spar over Zika funding
“The Senate’s Republican and Democratic leaders battled Monday over funding to fight the Zika virus, a clear sign that lawmakers have yet to break a stalemate days ahead of a seven-week recess. Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) tried to bring up the Senate’s original deal — spearheaded by Sens. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) and Patty Murray (D-Wash.) — that would provide $1.1 billion in funding…” (Carney, 7/11).

Wall Street Journal: Zika Funding Battle Stalls Spending Bills in Congress
“…[A]s Congress enters its last week in session before a seven-week break through Labor Day, lawmakers have yet to pass a single spending bill through both chambers. The closest they have come so far is a military construction spending bill that had broad bipartisan support until it hit a major snag: funding attached to it to help combat the Zika virus…” (Peterson/Armour, 7/11).

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