Obama signs funding bill, including $1.1 billion to fight Zika

The short-term funding bill to keep the government operating through December 9 prevents a potential federal shutdown

Brazil Olympic venues to be checked daily to help stop Zika
(AP Photo/Leo Correa)

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN/AP) – President Obama signed a short-term funding bill Thursday after members of Congress sent it to him late Wednesday night.

The bill includes $1.1 billion in what lawmakers say is “long-delayed funding” to battle the Zika virus.

Senator Sherrod Brown is a big supporter of funding to fight the virus, and says the bill will diffuse the long, frustrating battle over Zika spending.

“We don’t have a vaccine yet for this, and we wanted to give every incentive possible for everybody from the National Institutes of Health, to the Centers of Disease Control, to universities to come up with a vaccine.”

The short-term funding bill to keep the government operating through December 9 prevents a potential federal shutdown, and comes just three days before the deadline to pass the budget.

Lawmakers eager to leave town to campaign for re-election gave themselves breathing room by voting to continue existing spending levels for another ten weeks, beyond the Nov. 8 election.

Members of Congress will have to reach agreement on funding for the rest of the budget year when they meet in a lame-duck session after the election.

The bill Obama signed Thursday also provides $500 million to help Louisiana flood victims.

WKBN 27 First News provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. No links will be permitted. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s