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House moves to work out Zika funding differences with Senate

WASHINGTON - Republican House leaders are ready to work out differences with the Senate over funding to fight the Zika virus.

“The House has acted to provide the funding we need this year to combat the Zika virus and kill mosquitos," Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy said in a statement. "Now, we need to go to conference to negotiate a solution with the Senate that is responsible and effective. I look forward to putting final legislation on the President’s desk as soon as possible.”

The Senate has approved spending $1.1 billion and the House $662 million. Some Florida lawmakers, including Sens. Bill Nelson and Marco Rubio, want $1.9 billion, as the White House initially requested.

Sen. Harry Reid isn't happy that lawmakers will leave for recess. "The Republican leader needs only keep the Senate in session next week so we can pass a standalone Zika bill that gives our country what it needs now, not this fall. We need to act before local transmission starts occurring in the continental United States. That's going to be soon. This fall is too late. It's time to act, not take a break."

[Last modified: Thursday, May 26, 2016 12:24pm]


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