THE PROGRESSIVE REVIEW - August 11, 2016
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*-- Clinton in Florida to call on Congress to pass Zika funding bill --*
MIAMI - Hillary Clinton, who was scheduled to campaign in Miami on Tuesday, will push Congress to cut its summer break short and return to pass a clean funding bill to fight the spread of the Zika virus, according to her campaign and media reports.
Clinton is scheduled to appear at Borinquen Health Care Center in the Wynwood section of Miami on Tuesday, the site of an specific warning from the Centers for Disease Control, which said pregnant women and their partners should avoid visiting the Wynwood neighborhood, where 17 individuals have come down with the virus.
Officials confirmed Tuesday an infant died shortly after birth in Texas after her mother was infected with Zika while traveling to Latin America during her pregnancy. The baby's death is the second reported Zika fatality in the United States.
Clinton and congressional Democrats have thus far blocked a bill that would appropriate $1.1 billion in funding to fight the Zika outbreak because Republicans have attached an unrelated measure that would defund Planned Parenthood. The bill passed the Republican-controlled House but Democrats mounted a filibuster in the Senate prior to the August recess.
Clinton, campaigning in Florida, will call on Congress to return and pass a Zika funding bill without any add-ons by either side.
President Barack Obama pledged to veto any measure that defunded Planned Parenthood. The present Zika legislation was wrapped into a larger military and veterans appropriations bill.
Republicans said Democrats should drop their political opposition to one part of the legislation and pass the Zika bill.
"We would love for Sen. Kaine and others to end that filibuster and pass the bill, but it doesn't sound like they're prepared to do that," said Don Stewart, a spokesman for Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., referring to Clinton's running mate, Sen. Tim Kaine of Virginia. "Apparently they believe an earmark for Planned Parenthood in the future is more important than preventing the threat of Zika now."
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