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Zika money fight could force U.S. gov't shutdown

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>> With Zika cases rising by the day in South Florida, money to fight the threat running desperately short. The Centers for Disease Control say they're down to their last $20 million to battle the virus. An amount the Pentagon spends in about 20 minutes. But reporter Andy Sullivan says law makers brawling over a billion dollar Zika bill could be headed toward another government shut down rather than a compromise.
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>> Now, congress has faced calls for months to act on Zika but they haven't been able to pass any additional money. Republicans are eager to show their supporters that they are doing everything they can, but it comes with an important condition. None of that money can go to Planned Parenthood, because the Women's Health Network provides abortion along with other services.
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Democrats say this is a no-go. They see this as another attack on the Women's Health Network and they're not about to go along with it.>> If Congress can't pass the bill by the end of the month, it could be lights out on Capitol Hill.>> Federal funding is gonna run out at the end of the fiscal year on September 30th.
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If Congress can't pass a stand-alone Zika bill, they'll try to attach this money to their broader budget bill. That runs the risk of another federal government shutdown like we had back in 2013. This post is enormous with for Republicans they control both the house and the senate. If the government shuts down with a month to go before the elections this obviously could blow up in their faces.
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Democrats are at political risk here too. So if Democrats are seen as stopping this effort just to stand up for this one women's healthcare provider that could hurt them as well.>> Zika infections in pregnant women can cause microcephaly, a severe birth defect resulting in an undersized head and brain.
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Health officials saying Zika's reached in South Florida now totaling 47 cases.