The House and the Senate approved two very different funding packages to combat the Zika virus. The House cleared a bill on May 18 sponsored by Appropriations Chair Hal Rogers (R-KY) that would provide $622.1 million in funding to combat the Zika virus. The Senate passed $1.1 billion in emergency funding on May 19 to combat the Zika virus, setting up a faceoff with the House, which approved only $622 million despite a veto threat from the White House. The House voted to set up a conference committee to merge its $622 million funding package with the Senate’s $1.1 billion version. It also includes both chambers’ appropriations bills for military construction and veterans affairs. The conference committee will be tasked with merging a massive Senate legislative package — which includes two appropriations bills, one of which addresses Zika funding in an amendment — the House’s stand-alone bill for Zika funding and another bill loosening pesticide regulations to make it easier to spray for Zika.


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