Make us your home page

The Buzz

From the staff of the Tampa Bay Times

Bill Nelson pushing for $1.9 billion to fight Zika



Sen. Bill Nelson today filed legislation to fully fund President Obama's $1.9 billion request to fight Zika, saying the move was necessary amid "rumors" that appropriators have struck a deal for $1.1 billion.

"This is truly an emergency,” Nelson said on the Senate floor. “I’m calling on our colleagues to approve the president's $1.9 billion in emergency funding request now in the immediate future. Not later. The cost of this inaction would be far greater, and the consequences way too devastating."

Republicans have given a mixed reception to calls for $1.9 billion, with some supporting it and others suggesting Obama first use the funding he has already secured. Sen. Marco Rubio supports Obama's request.

[Last modified: Thursday, April 21, 2016 11:52am]


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours