U.S. House To Consider Emergency Spending Package For Zika Outbreak

CNN: House Republicans push own Zika plan
“House Republicans, who have resisted approving the $1.9 billion that President Barack Obama requested to combat the Zika virus, now are preparing their own spending package and are aiming for a vote as early as next Wednesday…” (Walsh/Barrett, 5/14).

CQ News: Anti-Zika Spending Bill to Be Unveiled by House Republicans
“House Appropriations Chairman Harold Rogers will unveil a standalone Zika aid package on Monday that would appropriate funding in fiscal 2016, but less than a $1.1 billion bipartisan compromise package reached in the Senate…” (Medjrich et al., 5/13).

The Hill: House to vote on emergency Zika package
“…The amount will be lower than the $1.1 billion package being [considered this] week in the Senate, House Appropriations Committee spokeswoman Jennifer Hing said Friday. … The total cost of the bill is still under discussion, but it will be offset in full, Hing said. Committee Chairman Hal Rogers (R-Ky.), who has led negotiations on the package, hopes to set up a vote on a standalone bill sometime [this] week, she added…” (Ferris, 5/13).

Reuters: U.S. House to attempt passing emergency Zika funds next week
“…Under the House plan, the money would be available to the Obama administration through Sept. 30, the end of this fiscal year, with the expectation that more money would be contained in legislation still to be written funding government programs in the fiscal year beginning Oct. 1…” (Cowan, 5/13).

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