Zika Funding Blocked for Third Time in Senate by Democrats

Critics assail "poison pill" policy riders

A mosquito control inspector sprays pesticide to kill mosquitos in Miami Beach, Florida, last month. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
A mosquito control inspector sprays pesticide to kill mosquitos in Miami Beach, Florida, last month. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
Posted September 6, 2016 at 6:19pm

The Senate on Tuesday evening voted 52-46 to not advance the conference report for a spending package containing $1.1 billion to combat the Zika virus and $82.5 billion in fiscal 2017 Military Construction-VA funding. Sixty votes were needed to limit debate.

Senate Democrats voted overwhelmingly against the legislation, the third time they’ve blocked the Zika aid package, which they argue is full of “poison pill” policy riders. President Barack Obama has also threatened to veto the House-passed measure.