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Miami Beach Congresswoman Braces For More Talks On Zika Funding

The Aedes Aegypti and Aedes Albopictus mosquitoes can transmit Zika and other tropical diseases.

This week, the U.S. House and Senate will have another opportunity to compromise on a Zika funding measure.

Money that would be used to prevent the spread of the virus and develop a vaccine is tied up in a larger government spending bill.

Previous attempts to fund the fight against Zika have failed because of controversial riders like a caveat that would restrict funding to Planned Parenthood, which has been engaged in fighting Zika in Puerto Rico.

The U.S. Senate is reportedly working on funding language that would not include those additions.

Democratic Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s district includes the portion of Miami Beach where there is reported active transmission of the Zika virus. She is skeptical about how negotiations over the language will play out.

“We’re told that that’s not an issue that Republicans are going to stand in the way of moving forward,” Wasserman Schultz said. “But, that’s not something that the leadership has said out loud. And so it’s concerning to me because the way the budget negotiation process works in Congress is nothing is agreed to until everything is agreed to.”

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Health reporting on WMFE is supported in part by AdventHealth.

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