Backing away from any budget showdown that might trigger a government shutdown at the end of this week, lawmakers in the House and Senate are headed home now until after the elections, as Congress on Wednesday approved a stop gap budget to keep Uncle Sam operating through early December.
The plan includes $1.1 billion to address the Zika virus, which lawmakers from Florida had been demanding for weeks.
“The Zika outbreak is a public health issue, not a political one,” said Rep. David Jolly (R-FL).
“Congress tonight did the right thing,” Jolly added.
“I want to say that despite a long wait, help is finally on the way,” said Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL).
But while the House and Senate easily approved the “Continuing Resolution” that funds the government, a number of Republicans were not pleased with the outcome.