Optimism grows that a Zika funding deal can be reached

Posted at 11:28 AM, Sep 14, 2016
and last updated 2016-09-14 23:52:24-04

Governor Rick Scott is spending his Wednesday meeting with more than a dozen lawmakers on Capitol Hill as he continues his push for federal help in fighting Zika.

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After meeting with a delegation from Miami-Dade County there was a sense of confidence a deal will be passed that includes money to fight the virus.

Lawmakers say it's expected to be part of a bill that would fund the entire government until December 9th.

U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen says that measure could be on the floor next week.

The governor wants it done as soon as possible

"I'm up here because I want Congress to act soon I want them to act today. I know there is a whole process up here but I know everyone I've talked to is very supportive," Gov. Scott said.

The governor also announced a change in how Zika cases are reported.

Now when someone who lives outside Florida contract Zika in the state it will be included in the number Florida reports.

The governor has meetings through the rest of today which include sessions with Florida Senator Marco Rubio and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.