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Gov. Scott Readies For Two-Day DC Trip To Talk Zika Funding

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Congress is facing a September 30th deadline to make sure a budget deal is reached to fund the federal government. Lawmakers just came back from a seven-week break, and both the U.S. House and Senate have yet to reach an agreement on a bill to fund anti-Zika efforts—widely seen as a non-partisan issue. Governor Rick Scott is going Tuesday for a two-day trip to Washington D.C. to talk to members of Congress of the importance of that funding for Florida.

“You know it’s disappointing they went on recess,” said Scott. “So, I’ll be going be going up there to see…I talked to a lot of mayors the last few days across the state to find out what their needs are. But, it’s pretty disappointing. This is a national and international issue. We’ve got to focus on how we take care of all our developing babies, how to take care of every pregnant women in our state and part of that is making sure the federal government does their job.”

Florida currently has more than 755 cases of the Zika virus—a mosquito borne disease that can cause severe birth defects.

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Sascha Cordner has more than ten years of public radio experience. It includes working at NPR member station WUFT-FM in Gainesville for several years. She's worked in both radio and TV, serving in various capacities as a reporter, producer and anchor. She's also a graduate of the University of Florida with a bachelor's degree in telecommunications. She is the recipient of 15 awards from the Associated Press, Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ), and Edward R. Murrow. Her award-winning stories include her coverage on the infamous “Dozier School for Boys” and a feature titled "Male Breast Cancer: Lost in the Sea of Pink." Currently, Sascha serves as the host and producer of local and state news content for the afternoon news program "All Things Considered" at WFSU. Sascha primarily covers criminal justice and social services issues. When she's not reporting, Sascha likes catching up on her favorite TV shows, singing and reading. Follow Sascha Cordner on Twitter:@SaschaCordner.