Republican leaders have three weeks to settle a dispute over Planned Parenthood if they want to pass legislation to fight the Zika virus while avoiding a government shutdown at the end of this month.
A shutdown is unlikely but possible given promises from GOP leaders to Florida Republicans that money for the Zika fight would be included in a package to keep the government operating after Sept. 30.
The Zika funds have been held up for months because of a dispute over the funding bill’s language, which would make Planned Parenthood’s chapter in Puerto Rico ineligible for the Zika grants.
Some Republicans are already signaling that they may have to drop their fight over the family planning grants, though that concession could stir another fight with House conservatives just weeks ahead of Election Day.
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