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Overnight Healthcare: House, Senate struggle to bridge Zika divide

Posted by Steve Schram on May 20, 2016 at 10:26 AM

Originally published on May 19, 2016 on The Hill by Peter Sullivan.

The Senate gave its final stamp of approval to its $1.1 billion funding package to combat the Zika virus on Thursday, just hours after the House cleared its own bill with about half that amount of money.

GOP leaders are now plotting ways to get to a conference committee on the funding – which lawmakers from both parties agree is urgently needed to prevent the spread of the virus.

"Now that both houses have acted on their respective Zika packages, we will work expeditiously to reconcile them," Don Stewart, a spokesman for Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), wrote to The Hill on Thursday.

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