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U.S. Senate Democrats Urge Approval Of Emergency Zika Funding In Letter To Majority Leader McConnell

The Hill: Dems take Zika funding plea to Senate GOP
“Senate Democrats are urging Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) to take action on President Obama’s long-delayed emergency funding request to fight the Zika virus. In a letter to McConnell sent Monday, Senate Democrats warned of a ‘heightened threat’ from the mosquito-borne virus, which is expected to begin spreading in the U.S. in early June…” (Ferris, 4/18).

Washington Times: Senate Dems to Mitch McConnell: Take up $2B Zika request now
“…Forty Senate Democrats and two independents said that [reprogramming $510 million in Ebola funding] was a stopgap measure, so new money is still needed. ‘Although (the transfer) was necessary in the face of congressional inaction and the growing and rapidly changing public health threat posed by Zika, it would be shortsighted and dangerous for Congress not to act quickly to give the administration the resources it needs to fully fight the Zika virus and protect Americans,’ their letter to Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said…” (Howell, 4/18).

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