Clinton blasts GOP for inaction on Zika funding

Greg Nash

Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton is pressuring GOP leaders in Congress to approve more funding to fight the Zika virus, as the threat of the disease grows in the U.S.

“Congress must immediately act and provide needed emergency funds so the President and his administration have all the tools they need to address Zika both here and abroad,” Clinton wrote in an op-ed in El Nuevo Dia, written in Spanish. The op-ed also posted in English on the grassroots petition website

{mosads}Her remarks come just after she announced that she dispatched two senior advisers to Puerto Rico to study the effects of the rapidly spreading virus first hand.

The tense fight in Congress over how much money the Obama administration needs to immediately combat the threat of the Zika virus has been raging for months.

The mosquito-borne virus, which can cause a fatal birth defect in children, has infected hundreds in Puerto Rico and is expected to spread to the continental U.S. in early June.  

Clinton said GOP leaders needed to approve the full $1.8 billion requested by President Obama to fight the virus in the U.S. and abroad.

Senate GOP leaders acknowledged this week they are working on a funding bill that could pass the floor as early as next week, but it is expected to fall short of that amount.

Republican leaders have accused the administration of overstating the funding needs, while giving itself too broad authority to use the funds. Meanwhile, federal health officials have blasted Republicans for delaying funding that could be going towards a vaccine or mosquito control.

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