Gov. Scott Cancels Zika Trip To Washington After Storm
Florida Gov. Rick Scott has canceled a trip to Washington, where he was to meet with congressional leaders about funding fo r the Zika virus.
Spokeswoman Jackie Schutz says that Scott will remain in Florida to monitor response efforts to Hurricane Hermine. The state has seen a rise in the number of cases of the mosquito-borne disease over the past month.
Congress returns from its seven-week summer break on Tuesday. President Barack Obama requested $1.9 billion in emergency funds in February to develop a vaccine and control the mosquitoes that carry the virus.
But lawmakers left Washington in mid-July without approving any of the money.