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Congress moves to fund Zika response, but experts say it's not enough

Congress moves to fund Zika response, but experts say it's not enough

Under mounting pressure to provide additional funding to combat an anticipated Zika virus outbreak in the U.S., congressional Republicans have begun to move legislation to approve more money.

But public health experts called the response insufficient and warned that congressional moves to shift money away from existing public health initiatives, including Ebola prevention, will undermine national and local efforts to prevent other disease outbreaks.

The Senate voted, 68-29, Tuesday to spend $1.1 billion to fight Zika, short of the $1.9 billion requested by President Obama in February.

Senior House Republicans this week proposed even...

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