With another deadline looming, Florida Democrats urge Congress to act on Zika virus | Post On

With another deadline looming, Florida Democrats urge Congress to act on Zika virus | Post On Politics

Senate Democrats blocked a $1.1 billion proposal last month after Republicans added so-called poison pill provisions aimed at limiting funding for Planned Parenthood and other women’s health clinics.

The White House and the Republican-controlled Congress have been sparring for months over Zika funding. Obama sought $1.9 billion in February to fight the virus, but Congress was slow in taking up the measure and remain divided.

Palm Beach County has reported 12 cases which, like all in , are believed to involve people who contracted the virus outside the continental U.S.

Florida reported 11 new cases Wednesday, its single largest daily number to date and bringing the state’s total to 263 cases. Included in the number — all considered travel-related — are 43 pregnant women.

With another congressional deadline looming, Florida Democrats joined Obama administration officials Thursday in urging swift action on funding to fight the .