Florida Gov. Scott presses for Zika money, blasts Democrats

Posted at 7:24 AM, Sep 14, 2016
and last updated 2016-09-14 07:24:21-04

WASHINGTON (AP) - Republican Gov. Rick Scott of Florida is using a trip to Washington to press for long-overdue money to fight the Zika virus, firing shots along the way - at the Obama administration, the Centers for Disease Control, and Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson.

Scott made his trip as lawmakers struggle to reach a bipartisan deal to fund the government's months-long battle against Zika, which is a major hang-up for a temporary spending bill that's the top item on the Capitol Hill agenda that must be completed before lawmakers head home to campaign.

Scott says Nelson "turned his back on Floridians" by supporting a filibuster over a GOP-drafted provision to block Planned Parenthood clinics from receiving anti-Zika funding in Puerto Rico. He says the Obama administration "has not been a good partner."

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