Shortly after the Senate rejected a GOP-written funding package that would’ve provided $1.1 billion to help combat the Zika virus, Congress left town for a seven week recess, leaving additional funding for addressing the Zika crisis up in the air. As the reallocated Ebola money began to run out this month, $34 million was shuffled from other projects at the National Institutes of Health to allow the department to continue to administer vaccines and further NIH research into fighting the disease.
Director of National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Dr. Anthony Fauci said that if Congress doesn’t allocate additional funds to combat the crisis, the current money will run out in December.
“We asked for $277 million, and if you do the math and you look at all the money that was reshuffled in different places, when you pay it back we still need $196 million to go through 2017 and into 2018,” Fauci said.
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A few weeks into the longest August recess in over three decades, Roll Call Senior Congressional Editor David Hawkings breaks out the whiteboard to get to the bottom of an age-old mystery: how do lawmakers spend their summer vacations?
While members typically work 70 hour work weeks while Congress is in session, a survey by the Congressional Management Foundation and the Society for Human Resources Management found that they spend an average of 52 hours a week at work during the August recess as well. So how much time will lawmakers really be spending at the golf course this month?
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After WikiLeaks released nearly 20,000 emails sent by Democratic National Committee officials that suggested the DNC favored Hillary Clinton in the Democratic primaries, embattled DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz announced she would step down from her post following the convention in Philadelphia. With supporters of Bernie Sanders decrying the DNC’s treatment of their candidate, Roll Call looks back on what went wrong this election cycle for Wasserman Schultz.
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