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U.S. Senate Republicans Block Democrats’ Stand-Alone Zika Spending Bill Proposals; Sen. Shaheen Urges WHO To Rethink Advice On Rio Olympics

CQ News: Zika Aid Prompts New Senate Spat Over Spending Levels “The debate over Zika funding reached a fever pitch on the Senate floor Wednesday afternoon, as lawmakers sparred over competing standalone proposals to provide extra appropriations to combat the spread of the mosquito-borne virus. … The Senate drama demonstrated…

Europe At Low-To-Moderate Risk Of Zika Spread In Spring, Summer, WHO Says

Agence France-Presse: WHO urges European vigilance against Zika virus “The World Health Organization on Wednesday urged Europe to be vigilant ahead of a possible summer outbreak of the Zika virus, especially in the Black Sea coastal areas of Georgia and Russia…” (Billing, 5/18). New York Times: WHO Cites Low to…

U.S. House Approves $622M Zika Funding Bill Despite President Obama’s Veto Warning

Associated Press: House GOP presses ahead with Zika measure “House Republicans on Wednesday pushed through a $622 million bill to battle the Zika virus, setting up challenging negotiations with the Senate and the White House. The 241-184 House vote broke mostly along party lines as Democrats lined up in opposition,…

Podcasts Address Issues Surrounding U.S. Response To Zika Outbreak

POLITICO: Ebola czar: America failing on Zika “…Ron Klain, who served as White House Ebola czar and as Vice President Joe Biden’s chief of staff, told POLITICO’s ‘Pulse Check’ podcast that Congress has failed to heed the lessons of the Ebola epidemic and that the Zika funding battle has become…

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