U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton said at a campaign stop in Miami on Tuesday that she thinks congressional leaders should hold a special session to pass a funding bill to combat the Zika virus.
“I am very disappointed that the Congress went on recess before actually agreeing what they would do to put the resources into this fight,” Clinton said after touring a community health center. “I would very much urge the leadership of Congress to call people back for a special session and get a bill passed.”
Clinton said she first learned of the threat posed by the Zika virus in December from her daughter, Chelsea Clinton. In April, Clinton sent two deputies to study the virus in Puerto Rico, the territory with the first U.S. Zika cases.
President Barack Obama in February requested $1.9 billion in emergency funding to fight the virus. In May, the U.S. Senate approved a $1.1 billion package, while the House passed legislation providing $622 million. Final approval was delayed when the Republican-controlled Congress attached provisions that Democrats oppose.
Clinton on Monday urged the passage of the original Senate bill or a similar one that can earn bipartisan support.
“Pass the bipartisan funding bill that the Senate passed. The Senate passed a bill and unfortunately a different bill was passed in the House and no agreement could be reached before they went out on recess,” Clinton said in Miami.
Florida Republican Governor Rick Scott said on Tuesday that there are four new cases of people likely infected with Zika through mosquito bites in the Miami area. There are now 21 total cases of locally transmitted Zika within a one-square-mile (2.6-sq-km) area in Miami-Dade County.
(Additional reporting by Amanda Becker and David Morgan in Washington; Writing by Amanda Becker; Editing by Sandra Maler; Editing by Bernard Orr)
‘Martyrdom for snowflakes’: CNN analyst knocks Republicans who desperately wanted to be arrested at protest
CNN host Don Lemon reported Wednesday evening that many Republicans wanted to be arrested for storming the secure room where the House Intelligence Committee depositions were taking place.
Fox News reporter Chad Pergram tweeted that he was told "there was never any chance [members] who barged into SCIF would be arrested by [capital police], but some members asked to be arrested. They wanted the optic of being frog-marched out of the SCIF in front of TV cameras. That would help w/GOP narrative of Dem process abuse."
Commentator Wajahat Ali called it the perfect example of "martyrdom for snowflakes."
Seth Meyers says Republicans storming classified room looked like a protest at a pharmacy that ran out of Viagra
"Late Night" comedian Seth Meyers couldn't help but lambast the far-right Republicans angry that they're not being included in the depositions ahead of the impeachment hearings.
Wednesday, Republicans stormed a secure room known as a SCIF (Sensitive Compartmented Information Facility), because they seemed to misunderstand the difference between a deposition and a hearing. In Congressional hearings, witnesses will be presented for members of the committee to question. In a classified deposition, the witness can give information that is considered classified for security reasons. Oddly, some members who are allowed in the room were also protesting.
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CNN's Don Lemon typically deals with difficult and intense topics at the top of his weekly show. Wednesday night, however, after a serious opener about Syria and ISIS, Lemon broke into hysterics over President Donald Trump's flub saying he would build a border wall on Colorado's border.
"You know why we're going to win New Mexico? Because they want safety on our border. And they didn't have it," said Trump. "And we're building a wall on the border of New Mexico. And we're building a wall in Colorado. We're building a beautiful wall, a big one that really works — you can't get over, you can't get under. And we're building a wall in Texas. And we're not building a wall in Kansas, but they get the benefit of the walls that we just mentioned. And Louisiana's incredible."