Obama asks Congress for $1.8bn to battle Zika virus

Barney Jopson – Financial Times, 02/08/2016

The White House is asking Congress for $1.8bn to help combat the Zika virus in the US and overseas as alarm grows over the illness’s spread.

The Obama administration said on Monday that it would use the funds in part to prepare for the potential onslaught of the virus in the mainland US.

The White House said it was preparing to submit the request to Congress formally but it was unclear how Republican leaders would respond.

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