During this week’s recess, Rubio wants Congress to hear from voters fearing Zika virus

U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio has been spearheading efforts to match the White House's demand for Zika funding.

U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio has been spearheading efforts to match the White House’s demand for Zika funding.

President Barack Obama has an outspoken and unlikely ally in his push for more dollars to combat the rising threat of the Zika virus – former Republican presidential hopeful Marco Rubio.

The Florida senator, whose home state has an alarming number of Zika infections, is ridiculing fellow Republicans in Congress for refusing to back the White House’s request for $1.9 billion to fight the mosquito-borne virus.

In an unusual step, Rubio even is urging voters to press House members back in their districts for this week’s Memorial Day recess about why they’ve drawn a line at $622 million in spending.

The Senate has approved $1.1 billion. Negotiations between the two sides aren’t expected to begin until after the recess.

“I urge the American people to make next week a tough one on those who are home from Congress, who have refused to take meaningful action to confront Zika because they need to hear from you,” Rubio said last week on the Senate floor.

And to any members of Congress who don’t receive pressure at home next week, you should know that you soon enough will,” he said.

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