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On the Hill: Congress Breaks with Zika, Spending Bills Unfinished

Congress wrapped up last week without passing funding for Zika or fiscal year 2017 spending bills.

Congress did send the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act to the president’s desk. While the measure passed the Senate by an overwhelming 92-2 bipartisan vote, Democrats argued that the bill lacks the funding needed to make an impact, and they continue to advocate for additional funding.

This week marks the start of a seven-week congressional recess that lasts through Labor Day. When Congress resumes in September for as few as two weeks before adjourning until after the election, it will race to pass legislation to keep the government running beyond Sept. 30, the end of the current fiscal year.


About the Author

Jocelyn Wiles was a former manager of legislative affairs at America's Essential Hospitals.

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