On September 28, just one day before recessing until after the November presidential election, Congress approved a short-term continuing resolution (CR) that will keep the federal government funded through December 9. Prior to the CR, funding was set to run out on September 30, which would have caused a government shutdown reminiscent of the one in 2013. The CR passed easily through both chambers and will now head to the President's desk for signature.
The funding bill comes after weeks of negotiations, that included a myriad of issues, including financial aid to the city of Flint, Michigan, Planned Parenthood funding, and the much-disputed Zika virus prevention funding. The final amount allocated to preventing the spread of Zika is $1.1 billion, with $935 million of that to be used domestically, and the remaining $175 million to target efforts abroad, which is where most domestically-reported cases were contracted. Recently, it has been reported by medical professionals that while the virus is not generally passed on by casual physical contact, it can be transmitted through sweat or tears, in addition to the bite of an infected mosquito.