Overnight Healthcare: Dems dig in over Zika funding

Top Senate Democrats lashed out at Republicans Thursday, arguing they shouldn't leave for a seven-week recess without reaching a deal to fund the fight against the Zika virus.

But lawmakers face a tight schedule to get legislation to President Obama's desk before leaving for the annual August recess, which will have them out of Washington from mid-July until Sept. 6. According to Democrats, the Senate is on schedule to be in session for the fewest number of days since 1956. Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellFeehery: Pivoting to infrastructure could help heal post-impeachment wounds McConnell urges Trump to voice support for Hong Kong protesters Key GOP senator: 'We need a breakthrough' on spending talks MORE (R-Ky.) has scheduled a redo vote on the Zika funding for next week, but with both sides digging in, it's expected to fail. Read more here. http://bit.ly/293SQDl

Trump finally weighs in on SCOTUS abortion case

Without specifically discussing the case or the Texas law, Trump argued Thursday that the "the opposite" outcome would have occurred had he been in the White House.


"If [Justice Antonin] Scalia was living, or if Scalia was replaced by me, you wouldn't have had that. It would have been the opposite," Trump said.

The presumptive GOP nominee would be hard-pressed to prove that scenario, however.

Five justices agreed to strike down Texas's strict abortion limits – including conservative Anthony Kennedy. Even with Scalia or another conservative on the bench, the ruling would have been 5 to 4. The outcome would only have been changed if Scalia or another conservative on the court had convinced Kennedy to change his vote. Read more here. http://bit.ly/296rKwG

Broad public support for Zika funding

A new poll shows that 73 percent of people – and a majority of Republicans -- believe the federal government should spend more to prevent the Zika virus from spreading in the U.S.

Another 65 percent of people said it was important to ensure contraception and abortion were available to women infected with the virus in the U.S.

The new figures, released by the Kaiser Family Foundation Wednesday morning, could up the pressure on congressional leaders as they look to break a weeks-long impasse over Zika funding. Read more here. http://bit.ly/2965giT

House to vote on mental health bill next week

The vote on Rep. Tim Murphy's (R-Pa.)bill was expected sometime in July, after the measure passed unanimously out of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, but it has now been firmed up that the vote will come next week. It comes as the House is in the midst of a fierce debate over gun control. Republicans have cast the mental health bill as their response to gun violence. Democrats say gun control laws are needed in response to the violence, but that mental health reform is important in its own right.


Democrats are still demanding more funding to fight opioids as Republicans try to wrap up conference negotiations that have already taken longer than expected. (Politico)

For young people under age 26 that stay on their parents' healthcare plans, several state have made it easier to keep medical communications confidential. (Kaiser Health News)

Three more babies have been born in the U.S. with birth defects likely linked to Zika virus infections and one more Zika-infected woman has reported a miscarriage, according to new government data. (Reuters)

A compilation of personal stories of abortion made public. (The Atlantic)

Despite the lack of funding, the U.S. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases is kicking off a study in Brazil and Colombia to learn how long the Zika virus can be transmittable through semen. (Reuters)


Texas lawmakers paid more than $1 million in legal fees to defend Texas' 2013 abortion restrictions, which were struck down by the Supreme Court this week. (Texas Tribune)

Massachusetts state's Medicaid program announced Thursday it will cover the costly drugs that can cure hepatitis C, after negotiating new discounts from two manufacturers. (Boston Globe)

Under a new Illinois state law, all police departments are now required to carry the powerful drug that can reverse heroin overdoses. (Chicago Tribune)

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon says Planned Parenthood will keep its funding until late 2017, despite a state budget provision attempting to stop it. (Associated Press)

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