U.S. Senate blocks bill to fight Zika Virus, help with mosquito control

An Aedes aegypti mosquito is seen through a microscope at Colombia's National Institute of Health in Bogota, Colombia, Tuesday, April 26, 2016. Margaret Honein, of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, CDC, said during a press conference in Colombia that apart from microcephaly, babies whose mothers have had Zika during pregnancy may eventually acquire impaired hearing or vision. (AP Photo/Fernando Vergara)


WASHINGTON D.C. (NEWS10) — The Senate has blocked a $1.1 billion dollar bill to fight the Zika Virus here in the United States.

The vote of 52 to 48 fell short of the 60 needed.

The bill would have cut $750 million from other health programs to help develop a vaccine and pay for mosquito control.

Lawmakers now have just two weeks to reach a new deal before going on a seven-week summer recess.

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