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July 20, 2016: Can We Afford to Wait 6 Weeks for Congress to Act On Zika?

“The U.S. Congress is out for a seven-week recess without addressing the Zika virus outbreak, gun violence, and other pressing issues, amid persistent election-year bickering.

“President Barack Obama’s request for $1.9 billion in funds to combat the Zika virus and the birth defects it can cause has been stalled in Congress since February.

“When Republicans took over control of Congress, they vowed to get things done, but have had difficulty doing so during this election year, failing to pass a budget or even consider Obama’s nomination of Merrick Garland to fill a Supreme Court vacancy.

“Republicans in the House and Senate have signed off on a $1.1 billion Zika funding bill, but Democrats are balking over what they see as ‘poison pills’ attached to the money that would deny funds to women’s healthcare provider Planned Parenthood and ease some environmental provisions.”

Source: MSN

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