US Republican lawmakers approve $1.1 billion in new Zika funds

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Washington | Updated: June 23, 2016 1:15:59 PM

The US.House of Representatives on Thursday agreed to $1.1 billion to fight the Zika virus, short-changing President Barack Obama's $1.9 billion funding request and angering Democrats by making other cuts to pay for it.

ZIKAThe House approved a funding deal that had been agreed to on Wednesday by Republicans from both the House and Senate. (Reuters)

The US House of Representatives on Thursday agreed to $1.1 billion to fight the Zika virus, short-changing President Barack Obama’s $1.9 billion funding request and angering Democrats by making other cuts to pay for it.

The House approved a funding deal that had been agreed to on Wednesday by Republicans from both the House and Senate.

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But the bill’s future was uncertain in the Senate, where the Democratic minority has more power to stop legislation, and Democratic leader Harry Reid has declared his opposition.

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