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Rubio: 'It's a mistake for Congress to try to deal with Zika on the cheap'

Sen. Marco Rubio says a new report on Zika should be a "wake-up call" for Congress.

The CDC said Friday that 157 pregant women in the U.S. and 122 in U.S. territories have tested positive for the Zika virus.

"I hope this will be the wake-up call to Congress that finally prompts it to get serious and fully deal with the Zika virus," Rubio said. "‎Knowing that there are at least 279 pregnant women in the U.S. with likely Zika virus infections means we also have at least 279 unborn children at risk of microcephaly, and we should be doing all we can to save these human beings. Sadly, this number is only going to grow as we get into the real mosquito season. It's a mistake for Congress to try to deal with Zika on the cheap.”

Rubio supports $1.9 billion in funding, but the Senate passed $1.1 billion and House Republicans have approved $622 million.

[Last modified: Friday, May 20, 2016 1:49pm]


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