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  • 05.17.16

Senate advances bill to provide  $1.1 billion in emergency funds to fight Zika

The Senate just voted to advance a bill that would provide $1.1 billion in  emergency funds to curb the spread of the Zika virus through a combination of new vaccines, mosquito control and education. With summer approaching, public health officials have warned the government that more people will be infected with locally-transmitted Zika. 

The $1.1 billion is a compromise. President Obama had asked for $1.9 billion, but Republican House leaders introduced legislation that would set aside $622 million. 

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