Help desk software

Congress Recesses Without Acting on Zika Bill

After months of negotiation and national calls to action, Congress will not provide any money to fight the spread of Zika in the United States this summer. The final chance this summer to fund the White House’s February request evaporated in the form of a failed Thursday vote in the Senate.

Congress will not provide more than $1 billion to fight the spread of Zika in the U.S. this summer.

After months of negotiation and national calls to action, Congress will not provide any money to fight the spread of Zika in the United States this summer. The final chance this summer to fund the White House’s February request evaporated in the form of a failed Thursday vote in the Senate, Time.com reported.

The White House said the funding cuts will hurt federal efforts to combat the virus. Vaccine development will be canceled or delayed. Any spread of the virus will be difficult to track. President Barack Obama previously blasted Republicans in May for not allocating money to fight Zika and criticized their proposal to spend funds left over from fighting Ebola on Zika, something the administration started doing in April.

Both Democrats and Republicans said they wanted to spend money to prevent the spread of Zika, but political disagreements ultimately trumped numerous health warnings. Senate Democrats refused to support House Republican additions to the legislation that would reduce funding for Planned Parenthood, defund parts of the Affordable Care Act and reversed a ban on flying Confederate flags in military cemeteries.

Learn More!

Comments are closed.

Real Time Analytics