If Zika Spreads, Here's Why Moms & Babies Have the Government to Blame

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This year, kids weren't the only ones free to bask in the sun and play this summer. The Senate has been off for seven whole weeks for its summer recess, and on Tuesday, the legislators had to set their sunblock and flip-flops aside to get back to work for the American people. One of the first orders of business: voting on a critical bill that would provide $1.1 billion to battle the Zika virus. And surprise, surprise -- it was defeated. 

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So, this is where frustrated voters who love to accuse both sides of the aisle of being dysfunctional wring their hands and ask, "Why can't we all just get along -- especially when it comes to funding that could protect pregnant women and their babies?"

Here's why: Because the Republicans insisted