White House threatens to veto Republicans' Zika funding plan

Obama talks to reporters after a briefing on the administration's response to the Zika virus in the Oval Office at the White House in WashingtonBy Roberta Rampton and Susan Cornwell WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The White House on Thursday threatened to veto the $1.1 billion approved by the U.S. House of Representatives to fight the Zika virus, blasting the measure for short-changing the administration’s $1.9 billion funding request. The Republican-controlled House approved the funding deal early Thursday morning after reaching a deal with both House and Senate Republicans. White House spokesman Eric Schultz said the bill “falls far short” of the amount of money recommended by health officials to address the spread of the Zika virus.

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