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(Worthy News) - Efforts to pass a government funding bill by the end of September has ground to a halt over a fight between Republicans and Democrats over Planned Parenthood funding.
Senate Republican leaders had hoped to hold a vote this week on legislative package funding the government until December 9. The plan was to use that bill to direct money to fight Zika, a mosquito-transmitted virus that has spread in southern states.
But Republican leaders said Tuesday there is no deal yet, and a GOP leadership aide confirmed to the Washington Examiner that party lawmakers are struggling with how or whether to change language in the bill so that federal funding for Zika could be accessed by Puerto Rican clinics affiliated with Planned Parenthood. Many Republicans have insisted on that language, but that's the same language that prevented passage of a Zika funding bill over the summer. [ Source ]