UPI: Budget vote that includes Zika funding fails in US Senate


The U.S. Senate again rejected a bill that includes $1.1 billion to fight the Zika virus, which can cause severe birth defects. (Source: UPI)

U.S. senators, returning from a seven-week break, failed to approve a spending bill that includes $1.1 billion to pay for a federal response to the Zika virus.

With a 53-46 vote, the proposal fell short of the 60 votes necessary to end debate with the House on the issue. The bill has failed three times in the Senate because it cuts Planned Parenthood funding, which is opposed by Democrats.

On Tuesday, Florida health officials said seven more home-grown cases of Zika, six of them part of an outbreak in Miami Beach, were found. Florida has documented 56 locally transmitted cases of Zika infection.

Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla., said 80 pregnant women in his state have Zika.

“It ought to be common sense that folks like me come to plead with our colleagues. Let’s stop this monkey business,” Nelson said.

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