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Playing Politics With Zika

Jamila Taylor writes about why a new Zika funding measure does not address women's needs.

In an underhanded move void of bipartisan compromise, Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives have voted to approve $1.1 billion for Zika response efforts. The $1.1 billion price tag may seem like a good measure, considering that just weeks ago the House and Senate put forth starkly different Zika proposals – the House with $622 millionin funds shifted from other federal programs, and the Senate with $1.1 billion in new money.

However, the conference funding measure passed Thursday – which was approved in the House with a vote of 239 to 171 – completely misses the mark when it comes to addressing the needs of women, who are most susceptible to grave health outcomes in the face of Zika virus.

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Jamila Taylor

Senior Fellow; Director, Women’s Health and Rights