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Trump calls for Congress to fund Zika efforts

Greg Nash/The Hill

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump said on Thursday that he would call on Congress to set aside money to combat the Zika virus.

{mosads}In an interview with the Miami Herald, Trump said he would ask lawmakers to “let some of the funds that they’re asking for come in.”

“Yeah, I would. Absolutely,” he said. “They’re fighting for it, and hopefully that’s going to be approved very soon.”

The comment seems to put him in line with President Obama and Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, who want Congress to set aside money to combat the virus.

Congress came to a stalemate on the issue before leaving for summer recess. After a $1.1 billion funding bill passed the Senate, Republicans in the House pushed for a paid-for option. The final result was blocked by Democrats because it would have shifted money earmarked for anti-Ebola efforts and ObamaCare to the Zika fight and included limits on Planned Parenthood. 

Trump also praised Florida Gov. Rick Scott’s (R) efforts to fight the mosquito-borne virus that causes a birth defect called microcephaly. 

“It’s a tough thing to stop anyway,” Trump said. “But they’re spraying all over the place. I see it. And I think it’ll be fine.”

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