House GOP to unveil Zika funding measure next week

This 2006 photo provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows a female Aedes aegypti mosquito in the process of acquiring a blood meal from a human host.

WASHINGTON (AP) – A senior Republican lawmaker says he’ll unveil additional funding next week to fight the Zika virus in hopes of a quick vote in the GOP-controlled House.

Appropriations Committee Chairman Harold Rogers says the measure would be paid for by cuts elsewhere in the budget.

The Kentucky Republican briefed colleagues on the measure Friday morning and spoke to reporters afterward. While short on details, Rogers said his measure is expected to provide significantly less than a bipartisan $1.1 billion Senate measure introduced on Thursday.

The Zika virus can cause microcephaly, a severe birth defect, as well as other health problems.

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