Fiscal 2016 Transportation-HUD Appropriations Conference Report
SUMMARY: The conference report on the bill provides $1.1 billion in supplemental funding for the government to prepare for and respond to the public health threat posed by the Zika virus, and it provides a total of $185 billion for the Veterans Affairs Department and military construction in fiscal 2017 — including $82.5 billion in discretionary spending subject to the budget caps, $102.5 billion in mandatory spending and $172 million in Overseas Contingency Operations funding. The Zika funding includes $933 million in domestic funding and $175 million for international activities, with approximately $750 million of the total being offset through rescissions to Ebola, Affordable Care Act, and other Health and Human Services Department funding.
Paulsen voted: YES
TAKEAWAY: In February, 2016, the Obama administration requested $1.9 billion in funding to combat the Zika virus. The House voted on this bill in August, 2016, cutting the requested amount almost in half putting pregnant women in the affected areas of the country at risk then and in the future.