Congress | Amid Democratic protest, GOP passes funding to defend public health
Posted 6/23/16, 04:08 pm
WASHINGTON—The House passed a Republican bill early Thursday morning that gave $1.1 billion to the Zika virus crisis, angering the White House and Democrats with the bill’s budget-cuts and limited funding.
Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, R-Wis., called the bill “important progress in our efforts to protect Americans from the Zika virus.”
Ryan called for the vote to halt the Democrats’ heated gun-control protest in the House. At 3 a.m. Thursday morning, the House voted on several bills waiting to be passed this week and approved the Zika crisis funding 239-171.