Dems Vote Against Zika Funding Because of 'Partisan' Provisions

Cortney O'Brien
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Posted: Jun 28, 2016 12:10 PM
Dems Vote Against Zika Funding Because of 'Partisan' Provisions

Senate Democrats have just blocked a GOP-led measure to fund the fight against Zika. It would have provided $1.1 billion toward the cause.

The Democrats opposed the bill because of what they view as "partisan provisions," particularly one that prevents $95 million in federal grants toward birth control for women in Puerto Rico threatened by the virus, according to the Associated Press.

"It's really puzzling to hear Democrats claim to be advocates for women health measures when they are the ones trying to block the Zika legislation," said Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Tuesday.

The funding was defeated 52-48.