- Associated Press - Tuesday, August 2, 2016

BOSTON (AP) - U.S. Rep. Stephen Lynch is calling on Congress to reconvene to address President Barack Obama’s request for emergency funding to combat the Zika virus.

The Massachusetts Democrat says House and Senate lawmakers can’t wait until their scheduled return in early September to address the problem as the risk of transmission grows across the country.

Lynch made the request in a letter sent Monday to House Speaker Paul Ryan and fellow Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. Lynch called the virus a “national security and public health crisis.”

Lynch’s request comes as federal health officials advised pregnant women to avoid a part of Miami where mosquitoes are apparently transmitting Zika directly to humans.

Lynch is a co-sponsor of a bill that provides $1.9 billion in emergency funding to fight Zika.

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