Lawmakers to go on vacation

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress is about to leave for a seven-week vacation without giving the Obama administration any of the $1.9 billion it’s seeking to battle the Zika virus, and a Senate effort to revive the nuts-and-bolts process of passing agency budgets faces a another setback at the hands of Democrats.

Meanwhile, House Republicans are poised to pass a $32 billion spending bill for the Interior Department and the Environmental Protection Agency as Congress prepares to exit Washington for a seven-week recess. But the move would do little to advance GOP leaders’ hopes of fixing the Capitol’s shattered budget process.

The House measure, laced with a wish-list of GOP provisions to roll back Obama administration clean air and water regulations, faces a White House veto threat.

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