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Senate GOP drafts Zika funding bill for Thursday panel vote

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WASHINGTON (AP) - Democrats say top GOP lawmakers are proposing to partially fund President Barack Obama's request for money to fight the Zika virus.
    
The $1.1 billion measure faces a possible Appropriations panel vote on Thursday and could enjoy support from Democrats.
    
Top Appropriations Committee Democrat Barbara Mikulski said the Zika issue is "in play" for a Thursday panel vote.
    
Washington Democrat Patty Murray said she is "very hopeful they are coming to the table."
    
Republicans controlling Congress have increasingly come under pressure to respond to Obama's $1.9 billion request to combat Zika, which can cause grave birth defects such as microcephaly.

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