U.S. President Obama, Congressional Leaders Cite Progress Toward Zika Funding, Continuing Resolution

CQ News: Exclusive: Deal Near on Three-Month CR With Funds For Zika, Vets
“CQ has learned that Senate Republican and Democratic negotiators working through the weekend to avert a government shutdown are moving toward a three-month stopgap spending bill that would include emergency aid to fight Zika as well as the fiscal 2017 Military Construction-VA bill…” (Krawzak, 9/11).

The Hill: Governors to Congress: don’t delay on Zika funding
“As members of Congress return from their summer recess, the nation’s governors have a top agenda item for them: Act on Zika virus funding…” (Pattison, 9/12).

Reuters: Obama hopeful on spending, Zika funds after meeting Congress leaders
“President Barack Obama said after meeting with the top four congressional leaders on Monday he was encouraged that lawmakers would be able to pass short-term spending legislation to keep the government open during the 2017 fiscal year…” (Gardner et al., 9/12).

Reuters: U.S. Congress to advance Zika funding bill: Sen. McConnell
“Leaders in the U.S. Congress on Monday were making progress toward temporarily funding the government in the fiscal year starting Oct. 1 and providing money to battle an outbreak of the Zika virus, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said…” (Cowan, 9/12).

VOA News: Obama Pushes Congress to Pass Bills to Fund Government, Fight Zika
“…Obama said Congress urgently needs to approve additional funds to develop diagnostic tools and vaccines that will solve the Zika problem for good…” (Saine, 9/12).