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Nelson, Rubio come up short on Zika funding

Sens. Bill Nelson and Marco Rubio failed Tuesday to convince colleagues to support $1.9 billion to combat Zika. The Senate did approve $1.1 billion.

The Senate plan is still dramatically higher than the $622 million House leaders want. Rubio said he was "really concerned about the direction" the House is taking, adding, "quite frankly, that's just not going to cut it."

As the Associated Press explains: 

"The bipartisan Senate measure was negotiated by Missouri Republican Blunt and Patty Murray, D-Wash. It is relatively close to what the White House has asked for, except it does not pay back very much of the already-tapped Ebola money or give Puerto Rico, a Zika hot spot, help with its Medicaid program. One provision would provide $248 million to combat Zika overseas through mosquito control, maternal and child health programs, and public information campaigns."

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 17, 2016 6:56pm]


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