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U.S. Senate To Take Procedural Vote On Republican-Backed Zika Funding Agreement

CQ HealthBeat: Monday: Troubled Zika Response Funding and Spending Bill Woes
“…[The House conference report (HR 2577) approved last week a] $1.1 billion funding level for Zika response efforts but Democrats object to funding offsets that transfer existing unspent funds and are keenly upset over limits on distribution of funding toward family planning services, plus an added waiver of environmental rules for mosquito control efforts. A Senate procedural vote, likely on Tuesday, will determine the fate of the measure and prospects for any additional Zika response funding action prior to the start of the new fiscal year in October…” (Jerks, 6/27).

The Hill: This week: Zika, Puerto Rico fights loom ahead of recess
“…Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) teed up a procedural vote on the House-Senate deal, which is attached to a larger military and veterans spending bill. … McConnell will need 60 votes to get the legislation over an initial procedural hurdle, expected on Tuesday…” (Carney, 6/27).

New York Times: Senate to Take Up House Bill on Zika Funding, Barbs and All
“…Democrats have indicated they will not provide the support to overcome a 60-vote procedural hurdle. President Obama would most likely veto the measure if it got to his desk. Republicans, after taking months to advance the funding for the mosquito-borne disease, will no doubt argue that it is now Democrats who are blocking the funds. But the Republican record on the response is pretty clear, so that argument will be a tough sell…” (Hulse, 6/27).

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