Senate Democrats blocked a $1.1 billion dollar bill to fight the Zika virus. They say is too political.
This as more cases of the potentially devastating virus have been reported in South Florida.
Bringing the number of locally transmitted cases to 67, according to Florida Senator Bill Nelson.
Crews are in the sky and on the ground in Florida trying to fight Zika.
In Washington– a different kind of battle over how to pay for the fight.
“We have the opportunity to provide the funding to help combat the mosquito borne Zika virus. We know that we can save lives. This isn’t something that is up in the air, debatable,” said Jim Inhofe.
But Democrats cry foul; pointing to provisions blocking Planned Parenthood funding and stripping a ban on Confederate flags in military cemeteries.
“The display of the Confederate flag. There’s some people that want the display in some areas. What does that have to do with Zika?” said Bill Nelson.
While campaigning in the sunshine state, Hillary Clinton also accused Republicans of playing politics.
“Put people before politics and finally vote in favor for a clean funding bill to fight zika right here in Florida,” said Hillary Clinton.
The bill needed 60 votes to pass, but Senate Democrats blocked the measure resulting with 52 “yays” and 46 “nays.”
Several Congressional Republicans have suggested they might lump Zika funding in with other government spending measures — resolving the issue before the end of the month.
“No one should doubt the gravity of the threat or the long term health consequences of failing to get our work done,” said John Cornyn.