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White House, Republican House Leaders Wrangle Over Zika Funding

CQ News: Finger-Pointing Over Zika Money Sets White House Against Ryan
“Speaker Paul D. Ryan’s office on Thursday joined an ongoing fight pitting the White House against House Republican appropriators over $1.9 billion in emergency funding the Obama administration wants to combat the Zika virus. Ryan and House Appropriations Chairman Harold Rogers (R-Ky.) want to move a Zika supplemental spending bill, an aide to the speaker said. But they cannot finish a measure Rogers has ordered the spending panel’s staff to begin writing until they receive more information from the administration, the aide said…” (Bennett, 4/14).

The Hill: White House, GOP play blame game on Zika
“…House leaders say the Obama administration has actually delayed the funding by ignoring recent letters and refusing to answer questions about what one lawmaker called a $2 billion ‘slush fund.’ Tensions erupted on Thursday, as House GOP offices and the White House released competing timelines of meetings, briefings, and letters to reporters aimed at pinning blame on the other side…” (Ferris, 4/14).