White House, U.S. Health Officials Urge House To Approve Zika Funding Measure Before Summer Recess

The Guardian: ‘One week left’ to pass Zika funding bill in U.S. House, Democrats warn
“The head of the Centers for Disease Control, congressional Democrats, and the second-in-command at the Department of Homeland Security called for Republicans to bring a Zika funding bill to the floor — again…” (Glenza, 7/7).

The Hill: Obama gets involved in last-ditch push for Zika funding
“President Obama this week has personally lobbied leaders in Congress over funding for the fight against the Zika virus. Obama has spoken with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) as well as top Senate Democrats over the ‘past few days,’ White House homeland security adviser Amy Pope told reporters Thursday…” (Ferris, 7/7).

Miami Herald: Sen. Bill Nelson calls for do-over in Senate Zika funding standoff
“With one week left to pass a Zika funding bill before the summer congressional recess, Florida Sen. Bill Nelson on Thursday called for Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., to allow a new vote on a stripped-down $1.1 billion Zika funding package, then send the measure to the House of Representatives for reconsideration…” (Pugh, 7/7).

Reuters: U.S. Democrats pressure Republicans for bipartisan Zika funding
“…On Thursday, Democrats called on McConnell and House of Representatives Speaker Paul Ryan to revive a bipartisan measure that passed the Senate in May. McConnell has said he would stick with the current legislation, which was agreed by House and Senate negotiators and has already passed the House…” (Morgan, 7/7).

TIME: White House and Democrats Make Last-Ditch Zika Funding Plea
“Democratic members of Congress and White House officials said the country is beyond a ‘day late and a dollar short’ on allocating funds to combat the Zika virus in a White House conference call urging Congressional action on Thursday…” (Rhodan, 7/7).

U.S. News & World Report: Democrats: GOP Playing Politics on Zika
“… ‘This is not a time to play political games. It’s a time to compromise and get something done,’ Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., said on Thursday’s call…” (Leonard, 7/7).

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