House to weigh $622.1 million in new Zika virus funding

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Posted: May 16, 2016 1:50 PM

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republicans in the House of Representatives will try to pass legislation this week providing $622.1 million in emergency funds to fight the spreading Zika virus.

House Appropriations Committee Chairman Hal Rogers introduced the measure on Monday, according to a statement. The bill would offset the new spending by taking $352.1 million from an Ebola fund and another $270 million from a Department of Health and Human Services administrative account.

President Barack Obama in February called for $1.9 billion in emergency funds that would not result in any government spending cuts elsewhere.

(Reporting By Richard Cowan; Editing by Bernard Orr)