Latin Pulse Headlines - 9/9/16

Zika Funding Fails In U.S. Senate

A proposal to provide more than a billion dollars to fight the Zika virus failed this week in the U.S. Senate. 

Democrats said the bill was unacceptable because of provisions added by the U.S. House of Representatives. Democratic Minority Lead Harry Reid took to the floor of the Senate to say the proposal was hijacked.

“Their legislation exempts pesticides from the Clean Water Act. It cuts veterans funding by $500 million,” Reid said. “It strikes a prohibition on the Confederate flag.  So, in effect the Republicans in the House decided they would send back this bill loaded with poison pills.”

The director of the U.S. Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, who is working on three possible vaccines, said he was disappointment that funds for fighting Zika were stalled by politics.

Health officials have warned about the spread of the virus in Florida, where the believe local mosquitoes have spread several dozen cases in the Miami area. The virus has been found in 63 countries so far.

Trump’s Visit to Mexico: The Aftermath

The ripple of Donald Trump’s visit to Mexico touched Mexico’s finance minister this week. President Enrique Peña Nieto fired Luis Videgaray, who recommended the visit and negotiated its terms. 

Despite failing to apologize for his insults and his plans to build a wall at the U.S.-Mexico border, Trump won praise from the media for his diplomacy during the trip. The media criticized Peña Nieto, however, for bowing to Trump’s views. The president said his former finance minister recommended that the president reach out to Trump. 

Polls showed 85 percent of Mexicans believed the invitation was a mistake.

Maduro Gets Chased Down the Street

Venezuelan protesters chased President Nicolas Maduro down the street this week, yelling obscenities while banging pots and pans.

Maduro was addressing a political meeting on Margarita Island, part of the Venezuelan state in the Caribbean, but protesters broke up the meeting.

Although nobody was hurt, Venezuelan authorities arrested 20 people for threatening the president. 

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