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Vern Buchanan praises inclusion of $1.1B for Zika in government funding bill

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U.S. Rep. Vern Buchanan praised the inclusion of $1.1 billion to combat the Zika virus in a must-pass government funding bill expected to be approved by Congress this week. “Florida urgently needs additional money to help fight Zika and protect our citizens,” the Sarasota Republican said in a statement Tuesday. “Funding should have been approved months ago but Washington was too busy engaged in ugly politics at the expense of public health.” Under the agreement, Buchanan said $933 million will…

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Patrick Murphy and David Jolly ask Congressional leaders to pass Zika funding bill now

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After an eight-week break, Congress has returned to Washington this week, and the matter mostly on the minds of Florida’s delegation is to somehow finding a way to break the logjam regarding funding for the Zika virus. On Wednesday, Jupiter Democratic Rep. Patrick Murphy and Pinellas County Republican Congressman David Jolly penned a letter to the leaders in the House and Senate — Speaker Paul Ryan, Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Minority Leader Harry Reid — calling on them to take immediate action to pass emergency funding to…

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Marco Rubio says inaction on Zika funding is ‘inexcusable’

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Health officials said they would do the best they can to fight the spread of Zika if the Senate doesn’t approve a $1.1 billion spending plan, but said the money is needed to help agencies slow the proliferation of the disease. The Senate is expected to vote once again on the House-approved spending bill this week, before it adjourns for its summer recess. Democrats opposed the GOP-backed measure, saying Republicans packed the bill with provisions designed to deny funding for…

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