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Congress leaves town for 2-week break with no Zika resolution

Congress leaves town for 2-week break with no Zika resolution

Congress abandoned the Capitol on Thursday for an almost two-week break without addressing how to combat Zika, even as public health officials issue dire warnings about the spread of the mosquito-driven virus with summer approaching.

Republican leaders insist that a deal can be struck soon to provide the money federal health officials say is needed to develop a vaccine. They also played down the risk of waiting a little longer, arguing existing money is available for the initial steps needed to help contain the virus while lawmakers resolve the larger funding fight.

"They can get to work on this problem, and there's money in the pipeline that's already going out the...

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