Zika funding

Here we go again.

A Senate panel approved a bill that authorizes an additional $100 million in grant funding to fight the mosquito-carrying Zika virus. The bill could now be voted on by the full Senate before summer begins, but only if Congress doesn’t repeat last year’s delay that saw the money tied up by political wrangling for months.

The money approved Tuesday would fund local mosquito-control efforts, centers that test for the virus and research into improving mosquito-control programs.

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The Florida Department of Health Tuesday announced that Florida Zika cases have now exceeded 1,000.

A measure signed into law by President Obama includes money to help combat the Zika virus. Florida is expected to be one of the areas to get a large amount of the funds. That’s in addition to the millions of dollars in state money Governor Rick Scott has already set aside in the Zika fight. But, questions now remain about when and how the funds will be distributed to help affected Floridians.

U.S. House Approves $1.1 Billion To Fight Zika

Sep 30, 2016

After months of squabbling about the issue, the U.S. House on Wednesday night approved a measure that provides $1.1 billion to help combat the mosquito-borne Zika virus. 

The U.S. Senate has again blocked a bill that would have provided funds to help combat the Zika virus.

The U.S. Senate announced Thursday that a bipartisan Zika funding deal has been struck and a vote could take place next week. But, in the meantime, Governor Rick Scott has authorized $25 million to go toward researching a vaccine to combat the Zika virus.

It’s good news to Florida’s Congressional Delegation and Governor Rick Scott that Congress could be close to striking a deal on funding efforts to combat the Zika virus. Florida just passed the 800 mark for the amount of cases reported to health officials. But, Florida leaders are a bit split on how that funding should be accomplished.

Gov. Scott Presses Congress For Zika Funding

Sep 14, 2016
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With 70 confirmed cases resulting from Florida mosquitoes carrying the Zika virus, Gov. Rick Scott traveled to Washington, D.C., on Tuesday to implore Congress to break a deadlock on federal funding to combat the disease, which can cause severe birth defects.

Could Congress be close to passing a Zika funding bill? A bipartisan group of Florida’s Congressional Delegation is calling that welcome news.

Congress is facing a September 30th deadline to make sure a budget deal is reached to fund the federal government. Lawmakers just came back from a seven-week break, and both the U.S. House and Senate have yet to reach an agreement on a bill to fund anti-Zika efforts—widely seen as a non-partisan issue. Governor Rick Scott is going Tuesday for a two-day trip to Washington D.C. to talk to members of Congress of the importance of that funding for Florida.

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The head of the government's fight against the Zika virus says that "we are now essentially out of money" and warns that the country is "about to see a bunch of kids born with microcephaly" in the coming months.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Thomas Frieden addressed a handful of reporters as lawmakers start to sort out a stopgap government funding bill that is being targeted to also carry long-delayed money to battle Zika.

After about two months in recess, Congress is back in Washington D.C., and people are hopeful there will be some agreement on what can be done to combat the Zika virus—which has already plagued more than 750 Floridians. That comes as the Senate failed to pass another Zika funding bill again this week and there may be even more issues surrounding the mosquito-borne disease on the table.

Governor Rick Scott says he’s disappointed by the failure of Congress to pass a Zika funding bill, and he’s not alone.

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Most people are trying to avoid Florida mosquitoes, blamed for dozens of cases of the Zika virus.

But Republican Congressman David Jolly decided to make a point today by bringing a container of them to the House floor.

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The U.S. Senate on Tuesday again rejected a Zika funding bill that the House passed in June.

Summer is winding down, but when members of Congress return to Washington from their vacations next week, many of their constituents want them to do something about the mosquitoes — the ones carrying Zika virus, to be specific.

A new survey shows that three quarters of Americans say Congress should make the allocation of more money to deal with the Zika outbreaks in Florida and Puerto Rico an "important" or "top priority" when they return to Washington.

With more and more locally transmitted Zika cases in Florida, a bipartisan group of state House lawmakers are joining together to ask for federal help to combat the mosquito-borne disease.

Scott Plans D.C. Trip To Urge Zika Funding

Aug 26, 2016
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Gov. Rick Scott will travel to Washington, D.C. in early September, when Congress returns from its summer recess, to seek funding to fight the mosquito-borne Zika virus.

Elected officials and city representatives gathered on Friday at Miami-Dade’s Emergency Management Center to support Florida Sen. Bill Nelson in his request for Congress to increase funding to fight Zika.

Sen. Nelson called the need for a Zika vaccine "urgent and necessary."

As local cases of Zika virus continue to increase, this  week The Florida Roundup dedicated its full hour to an analysis of the political and economic dimensions of the outbreak of this virus in South Florida.

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On a conference call with Florida lawmakers Friday, Governor Rick Scott once again called on Congress to pass $2 billion in emergency Zika money.


Florida congressional delegates are calling on the federal government to recalculate the Sunshine State’s share of new Zika response money.

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As the Zika virus escalates into a public health crisis, members of Congress are entrenched in familiar partisan positions.

Florida officials are still investigating what could become the first non-travel-related cases of Zika in the United States.

U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy spoke with Health News Florida Editor Julio Ochoa about how the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention is helping with the response.

On Wednesday, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) chaired a congressional hearing on the Zika Virus—which the head of the Centers for Disease Control is now calling a “silent epidemic.” This comes as Congress still has not taken action on a bill to fund Zika prevention efforts and will recess soon.

With more than 260 cases of the Zika virus confirmed in Florida, Democratic lawmakers are calling for congressional action.

They’re urging fellow members of Congress to approve nearly $2 billion to fight the spreading virus.

  Though congress is still battling over Zika funding, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is handing out $25 million to states to fight the mosquito-borne illness.

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Florida Gov. Rick Scott is ordering the state to spend millions to battle mosquitoes and prepare for the Zika virus.

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In an early-morning vote, House Republicans pushed through a partisan bill to deal with the Zika outbreak. But the $1.1 billion measure is a nonstarter with Senate Democrats and the Obama administration. 

There are now more than 180 cases of the Zika virus in Florida. State health officials reported the highest number of new cases in a single day Tuesday.

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