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Florida GOP Urges House to Speed Up Process for Zika Funding

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By    |   Wednesday, 14 Sep 2016 01:46 PM

Pressing for funds to combat the Zika virus, Florida Republicans urged House colleagues to facilitate the release of $1 billion and blasted the Obama administration for the delay, as reported by The Washington Times.

"If we don't move to spend a little bit now, we're going to spend a lot more later," said Rep. Curt Clawson, a Florida Republican, reports the Times.

He elaborated that if newborns were affected, medical bills for each of the babies could reach up to $10 million over a lifetime.

Lashing out at the Congress for spending "too much" on President Barack Obama's domestic needs, Clawson said, "I'm a conservative Republican — I support my party. We can't spend a billion or two for babies, and for pregnant women? I mean, where's our priorities?"

The Florida lawmaker also said Congress, who spends billions overseas, should first "save babies at home" by releasing the $1.1 billion package that already has gained Senate approval.

Florida GOP Gov. Rick Scott too shared similar views. "In our state we started having (Zika) cases back in February. I've been asking for Congress to be a partner since then. I've asked for the federal government to do funding. They haven't done it. The Obama administration's not been a good partner," Scott told The Associated Press.

With 64 people infected in Florida and more than 15,000 in Puerto Rico.

Congress is struggling to break the deadlock over federal funds to develop a Zika vaccine.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said he plans to deal with Zika this week as part of short-term deal to fund the government past September 30.

"We'll let you know how we work out these various sub-parts when we do," said McConnell.

David Jolly, another Florida Republican, mounted pressure on the Senate. "Please jam us with a clean Zika bill and leave town, so we have to accept it," said Jolly. The lawmaker stressed on "clean" so that the bill doesn't cater to Planned Parenthood or other provisions.

Meanwhile, spokesperson for House Speaker Paul Ryan declined to divulge details about how they would address the issue. "House Republicans are working with our Senate counterparts on a solution," AshLee Strong said.

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