White House Calls House Republican $622M Proposal For Zika Response ‘Woefully Inadequate’

The Hill: White House rejects House GOP’s funding package for Zika
“The White House on Tuesday threatened a veto on the House GOP’s funding bill to fight the Zika virus, which provides just one-third of the money the administration says is needed…” (Ferris, 5/17).

Reuters: White House opposes House Zika bill, calls funding inadequate
“…The Obama administration has urged Congress to pass legislation that would direct $1.9 billion to fighting the Zika virus that is linked to birth defects including microcephaly…” (Gardner, 5/17).

Roll Call: White House: GOP Zika Bill ‘Woefully Inadequate’
“…[Press Secretary Josh] Earnest’s blunt assessment came shortly after the Obama administration threatened to veto the House measure. On Tuesday, the Senate approved a $1.1 billion emergency spending version negotiated by Missouri GOP Sen. Roy Blunt and Democratic Sen. Patty Murray of Washington. … White House officials have stopped short of fully embracing the Senate bill, but Earnest said ‘fortunately’ it was poised to pass that chamber soon. Earnest criticized the House Republicans’ Zika bill because it proposes offsets from anti-Ebola programs. Those funds should remain in existing accounts, he said, because Congress has recently struggled to quickly address public health crises and pass spending bills…” (Bennett, 5/17).