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Biden Asks US Congress to Allow Unencumbered Zika Funding Vote

Vice President Joe Biden on Thursday called on the Republican-led U.S. Congress to allow an up-or-down vote on funding to combat the Zika virus without other provisions attached, calling the health threat posed by the pathogen a national emergency. Congress has failed to approve any funding to fight the mosquito-borne virus since President Barack Obama asked for $1.9 billion in February. Lawmakers have been deadlocked for months over a $1.1 billion funding bill. Democrats have accused...

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