U.S. Health Officials Concerned Congress Will Not Approve Zika Funding Before Summer Recess

POLITICO: Congress will fight over guns, Zika as it sprints for recess
“With just one week left before they leave for a nearly two-month summer break, lawmakers will renew their fights over gun control and Zika money — as Congress sprints to get out of town ahead of the political conventions and the height of campaign season…” (Kim et al., 7/10).

USA TODAY: Top health officials fear Congress will leave without approving Zika funds
“Top federal health officials fear Congress will leave town Friday without approving funds to combat Zika just as the summer mosquito season is peaking and money to fight the virus is about to run out. Mosquito control efforts and the development of a vaccine to protect against the disease could be derailed if lawmakers do not approve funding before they adjourn for a seven-week summer recess, warned Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell and Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, in interviews with USA TODAY on Sunday…” (Kelly, 7/11).

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