Tom Cole

CDC urges speed on Zika as House moves to negotiate funding

The U.S. must act more quickly to protect pregnant women from birth defect-causing Zika, a top health official said Thursday even as the House left town for its Memorial Day recess with no visible progress toward a congressional compromise on emergency funding to battle the virus.

"In a public health emergency, speed is critical. A day, a week, a month can make all of the difference," Dr. Tom Frieden, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, told the National Press Club.

It has been three months since the Obama administration requested $1.9 billion for Zika, and Thursday the GOP-controlled House moved to officially begin talks with the Senate...