Florida Gov. Rick Scott cancels Zika trip to Washington after Hermine

Posted at 1:14 PM, Sep 05, 2016
and last updated 2016-09-05 15:20:52-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida Gov. Rick Scott has canceled a trip to Washington, where he was to meet with congressional leaders about funding for the Zika virus.

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Spokeswoman Jackie Schutz says that Scott will remain in Florida to monitor response efforts to Hurricane Hermine. The state has seen a rise in the number of cases of the mosquito-borne disease over the past month.

Congress returns from its seven-week summer break on Tuesday. President Barack Obama requested $1.9 billion in emergency funds in February to develop a vaccine and control the mosquitoes that carry the virus. But lawmakers left Washington in mid-July without approving any of the money.