Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate agreed on Wednesday to $1.1 billion to fight the Zika virus, a House Republican lawmaker said, shortchanging President Barack Obama's funding request and angering Democrats by making other cuts to pay for it.
House Appropriations Committee Chairman Hal Rogers said funding would be for fiscal years 2016 and 2017. He said he hoped a vote on the measure could be held in the next day or two. Obama has requested $1.9 billion.
"With the threat of Zika virus to pregnant women especially, we must pass this bill before we leave town" this week for a ten-day recess, Rogers told reporters.