U.S. House Approves Conference For Zika Funding Negotiations But Adjourns For Memorial Day Break Without Further Action

CNN: Democrats blast GOP for leaving D.C. without passing Zika funds
“Democrats on Thursday blasted Republicans for departing Washington for the Memorial Day recess — the traditional start of summer — without approving funds to respond to the mosquito-borne Zika virus and other pressing needs…” (Barrett, 5/26).

CQ News: Contentious Conference on Zika Response Looms After House Vote
“The House on Thursday agreed to go to conference with the Senate to work out major differences in each chamber’s proposal to combat the Zika virus, a step toward high-stakes talks as Democrats push hard for fast action on the mosquito-borne virus that has been linked to birth defects in newborns…” (McCrimmon, 5/26).

The Hill: House takes first step to merge Zika bills
“…Members of the conference committee face an increasingly difficult task when it comes to Zika: The bills passed by the House and Senate last week are different in terms of size, timing, and how they offset their costs. One is broadly bipartisan; the other faces a veto threat from the White House…” (5/26).

The Hill: Dems to GOP: Cancel Memorial Day break
“… ‘The Republican Congress is about to leave for an almost two-week recess. Republicans are leaving Washington without having completed any of the urgent business before Congress,’ House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi (Calif.) said Thursday on steps outside the Capitol…” (Carney, 5/26).

Washington Post: Congress leaves town with no Zika resolution, lengthy negotiations ahead
“…Republican leaders insist a deal can be struck soon to provide the money federal health officials say is needed to develop a vaccine. They also downplayed the risk of waiting a little longer, arguing existing money is available for the initial steps needed to help contain the virus while lawmakers resolve the larger funding fight…” (Kane/DeBonis, 5/27).

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