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U.S. Senate To Take Key Procedural Vote On Zika Funding Measure; Democrats, White House Oppose Bill

The Atlantic: The Senate Races to Battle Zika and Help Puerto Rico
“The U.S. Senate is under time pressure to stave off a default by Puerto Rico and approve $1.1 billion to fight the Zika virus before lawmakers go off on a July 4 recess…” (Berman, 6/27).

CNN: GOP senators warn Democrats not to block Zika funds
“Top Senate Republicans urged Democrats not to block a Zika funding measure that faces a key vote Tuesday, cautioning that Democrats will be blamed if children are born with the birth defects caused by the dangerous mosquito-borne virus…” (Barrett, 6/27).

The Hill: House Republicans: Zika travel alert is not strong enough
“A group of 17 House Republicans is calling on the Obama administration to strengthen its travel warnings to countries hit hard by the Zika virus so as to advise against ‘nonessential’ travel to the countries…” (Sullivan, 6/27).

POLITICO: Congress’ Zika fail could bite GOP in election
“Congress is poised for an epic failure in its efforts to combat Zika before lawmakers leave Washington for a seven-week vacation — and it could come back to bite Republicans at the ballot box if there’s an outbreak of the mosquito-borne virus in the United States this summer…” (Everett/Haberkorn, 6/28).

Reuters: Funding to fight Zika virus faces uphill battle in U.S. Senate
“…Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid said Monday that the minority had ‘no choice’ but to oppose the Republican legislation [providing $1.1 billion to fight the Zika virus]. Among other things, Democrats were unhappy that the proposal would not allow funding to go to private entities such as the women’s health care provider Planned Parenthood…” (Cornwell, 6/27).

USA TODAY: House Zika funding deal likely to die in Senate
“…If no bill is passed into law this week, Congress will have less than two weeks left in July to try to work out a compromise before both the House and Senate adjourn for the national political conventions and the August recess. By the time lawmakers come back from their long summer break, it will be past Labor Day and the peak mosquito season will be over…” (Kelly, 6/27).

Washington Times: Zika virus spending package sitting in partisan gridlock
“…The White House reiterated its opposition [to the funding measure] Monday, saying the only way out of the impasse is for House Republicans to ‘stop playing games’…” (Howell, 6/27).

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