Clinton, in Miami, Will Urge Congress to Return for Zika Vote

Hillary Clinton plans to call on Congress to return from recess and approve emergency funding to fight Zika during a visit Tuesday to a Miami neighborhood deemed ground zero for the U.S. spread of the virus, according to a campaign aide.

 

Clinton will stop at the Borinquen Medical Center, a clinic in the neighborhood where 16-non-travel related Zika cases have been detected to demand that Republican leaders bring Congress back in session to act on legislation to provide funds to combat the virus.

 

President Barack Obama requested $1.9 billion in February to develop a vaccine and control the mosquitoes that carry the virus, but none of that spending has been approved by Congress. Some public health funds have been reprogrammed, but Republican lawmakers have accused the Obama administration of slow-walking that money.

 

Before leaving for a seven-week recess that stretches through early September, Republicans and Democrats were deadlocked in the Senate over multiple aspects of a Zika funding package. Lawmakers on both sides have been pointing fingers over the stalled legislation ever since.

 

Presidential nominee Hillary Clinton is expected to call for the House and Senate to either agree to an earlier Senate-passed bill that excludes a Planned Parenthood provision or go back to the drawing board and work out a new compromise. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

 

 

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