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What Patrick Murphy and Marco Rubio are up to the week of Sept. 5



What Patrick Murphy and Marco Rubio are up to the week of Sept. 5

The first full week of the general election finds the candidates back in Washington for their elected duty. That means it will likely be Friday before they are back on the campaign trail, though both could squeeze in fundraising.

Neither campaign announced anything for Friday or the weekend.

In Washington, expect Zika funding to be on Murphy and Rubio’s agenda, as the partisan wrangling over how much money is needed picks up where the debate ended with Congress taking August off.

“I will continue to support legislation that will fund the fight against Zika, just as I have voted for every single bill that’s come up in the Senate so far,” Rubio said in a statement on Friday. “I will do so again on Tuesday, but Congress should be prepared to pass a Zika funding measure as part of whatever spending bill ultimately passes to fund the government beyond September 30.

“I will also reintroduce legislation to better protect our service members at home and abroad from Zika. And if Democrats do not block the defense appropriations bill, I will offer an amendment to combat Zika through existing Department of Defense health and medical research budgets.”

Murphy plans to address Zika during a conference call later this morning.

[Last modified: Monday, September 5, 2016 10:58pm]


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