May 18, 2016

THE SENATE VOTED DECISIVELY IN FAVOR OF A BIPARTISAN ONE-POINT-ONE BILLION-DOLLAR MEASURE TO COMBAT THE ZIKA VIRUS THIS YEAR AND NEXT


IN WASHINGTON YESTERDAY, THE SENATE VOTED DECISIVELY IN FAVOR OF A BIPARTISAN ONE-POINT-ONE BILLION-DOLLAR MEASURE TO COMBAT THE ZIKA VIRUS THIS YEAR AND NEXT, CUTTING BACK ON PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA'S REQUEST FOR NEARLY TWO-BILLION.  THE 68-29 VOTE PROPELS THE MEASURE OVER A FILIBUSTER AND SETS THE STAGE FOR OFFICIALLY ADDING THE ZIKA FUNDING TO AN UNRELATED SPENDING BILL. BOTH OHIO SENATORS, DEMOCRAT SHERROD BROWN AND REPUBLICAN ROB PORTMAN, VOTED FOR THE BILL. THE VOTE CAME AFTER REPUBLICANS BLOCKED A MEASURE MATCHING OBAMA'S REQUEST AND DEMOCRATS KILLED A GOP-BACKED PROPOSAL TO CUT INTO OBAMA'S HEALTH CARE LAW TO PAY FOR BATTLING ZIKA. A SHOWDOWN LOOMS IN THE HOUSE TODAY, WHERE REPUBLICANS SUPPORT REDUCED FUNDING.


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