WASHINGTON TIMES — House Republicans unveiled a bill Monday that funds only a third of President Obama’s request to combat the Zika virus, saying the White House hadn’t fully justified its pitch for nearly $2 billion to gird for the mosquito-borne illness.
Appropriations Committee Chairman Harold Rogers, Kentucky Republican, said his legislation posts $622 million to pursue a vaccine and boost mosquito control efforts over the next five months.
“The administration has still not provided full accounting and justification for its request for Zika funds,” Mr. Rogers said. “Given this lack of complete information and the need to act quickly, independent determinations on necessary funding levels and federal activities to fight Zika in the current fiscal year were made.”
The package would be fully paid for by using $352 million in left over funds from the fight against Ebola in West Africa and $270 million in “unused administrative funding” at the Health and Human Services Department.
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