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The politics of Zika funding continue well into Congress’ recess. Democrats remain intent on keeping the funding issue for this potential public health disaster in the forefront of the public’s mind during the election season. The U.S. public, which has largely not been affected by the virus to date, however, does not appear to be concerned by the impending effects that the mosquito transmitted virus may have as the summer progresses. Meanwhile, in an effort to help continue the progress being done to fight Zika, the Obama administration diverted funding allotted for the development of other vaccines to Zika research. Presidential candidate Hilary Clinton echoed the sentiments of congressional Democrats and public health officials in calling for Congress to return from recess and pass a clean bill for Zika funding, while presidential candidate Donald Trump has not given the funding debate any significant attention.
Obama shifts cash to fight Zika; vacationing Republicans take credit (Huffington Post)
With 87 days left until the presidential election and the first debate scheduled for Sept.26, researchers and non partisan groups have begun to demand that both Hilary Clinton and Donald Trump not only make clear their positions on current science issues but to also include topics such as public health research and climate change in the upcoming debates.
Challenge to presidential candidates: Debate about science (Washington Post)