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Tue May 17, 2016, 04:01 PM

Senate Advances $1.1B Zika Proposal Amid Clash With House Over Funding

Source: ABC News

Senate Advances $1.1B Zika Proposal Amid Clash With House Over Funding

May 17, 2016, 4:49 PM ET

The Senate got one step closer today to passing a billion-dollar measure to fund the Obama administrationís efforts against the Zika virus -- pushing the chamber further down a collision course with the House as they work on vastly different funding measures to combat the virus.

The Senateís amendment, which would fund anti-Zika efforts at $1.1 billion over an open-ended period, cleared a procedural hurdle by a 68-29 vote, setting up a vote on final passage for Wednesday. A separate measure that would have provided $1.9 billion in funding -- the Obama administrationís full request -- failed.

Meanwhile, the House of Representatives is working on its own package that would only provide a fraction of that -- setting up a clash between the two chambers as the risk for transmission of the virus in the United States only increases as the summer months approach.

Sen. Patty Murray, who helped craft the proposal that passed, took to the Senate floor ahead of the vote to stress the urgency of getting one of the billion-dollar packages to the presidentís desk, which the senators hope will extend the funding through the end of the next fiscal year in June 2017.

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Read more: http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/house-senate-spar-zika-funding-proposals/story?id=39167630

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Tue May 17, 2016, 04:07 PM

1. Once again, they demonstrate their short-sighted stupidity.

Spend $1 billion now or triple+ later, when any efforts to stop the spread of the virus (and/or the critters who transmit it) will be much harder.

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