WASHINGTON (AP) – Republicans controlling the House are ignoring protests from Democrats and a White House veto threat as they speed legislation funding the battle against the Zika virus toward a vote.READ MORE: Mesquite Police Officer Shot, Critically Wounded After Responding To Disturbance
The $622 million GOP plan would provide one-third of the resources requested three months ago by President Barack Obama to combat the virus, which can cause severe birth defects and other health problems. It is “paid for” with cuts elsewhere in the budget, including unspent funds from the successful fight against Ebola.READ MORE: Police: Motorist Claims Sneeze Led To Critical Auto-Pedestrian Crash
Wednesday’s scheduled House vote would follow a bipartisan 68-29 Senate tally on a $1.1 billion measure to fight Zika through September 2017.
Republicans say the administration has padded its Zika request and that there is plenty of unspent money to help reduce its negative impact on the budget deficit.MORE NEWS: Keri Hilson Says 'Hip Hop Family Christmas' Is All About 'Honoring Your Family, Not Living For The World'
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