$1.1 billion Zika funding bill fails in Senate

first_img$1.1 billion Zika funding bill fails in Senate SHARE WASHINGTON, D.C. (CNN) — The Senate rejected a $1.1 billion bill to combat the Zika virus Tuesday, failing to garner the 60 votes needed for passage.Democratic Senators opposed provisions that would have blocked funding for Planned Parenthood and that would have allowed Confederate flags to fly at military veteran cemeteries.Republicans added those provisions to the measure in June, along with spending cuts to help pay for the Zika bill, saying they are reasonable priorities that reflect their control of the House and Senate. Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., said Republicans had “loaded it up with poison pill riders to assuage the hard right.”The bill garnered 52 votes Tuesday, eight shy of the number it needed.“It’s hard to explain why – despite their own calls for funding – Senate Democrats decided to block a bill that could help keep pregnant women and babies safer from Zika,” said Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky. “It’s also hard to explain why – despite the array of terror attacks we’ve seen across the world – Senate Democrats decided to block a bill that could help keep the American people safer from threats.”The Zika threat hasn’t gripped the public nationwide as Ebola did two years ago, but pressure is building as dozens of mosquito-transmitted Zika cases have been confirmed in the political battleground state of Florida since lawmakers left Washington in July.It’s the third time a federal Zika funding package has stalled amid a partisan fight. An earlier $670 million in repurposed funds earmarked to investigated the disease and develop a vaccine is running out.Information from The Associated Press was used in this report. Published: September 6, 2016 6:33 PM EDT Updated: September 6, 2016 6:58 PM EDT center_img Author: CNN Newsource Do you see a typo or an error? Let us know.last_img read more

Toshiba unveils tri-mode locomotive demonstrator

first_imgGERMANY: Toshiba Railway Europe unveiled a electric-diesel-battery hybrid traction technology demonstrator locomotive at the Transport Logistic trade show in München on June 4.The company has a contract to supply 50 diesel-battery centre cab locomotives to DB Cargo from 2021, TRE Managing Director Hinrich Krey told Railway Gazette. The demonstrator is intended to showcase the company’s design work to date as well as highlighting future development options.The T-HDB800 displayed in München reuses the frame and bogies from a Schalke SDE1800 heavy industrial shunter. Diesel traction is provided by two MAN 471 kW gensets, while Toshiba has fitted two SCiB lithium titanate oxide traction batteries rated at 62 kWh. TRE says that the diesel engines use neither urea additives nor particulate filters, but will be compliant with EU Stage V emissions regulations coming into effect from 2023. The powerpacks use a modular design which means that one could be replaced by another battery pack or ‘maybe fuel cells further in the future’. TRE says that simulations have suggested the batteries could last up to 10 years.The demonstrator is also fitted with a pantograph for use with 15 kV 16·7 z or 25 kV 50 Hz overhead electrification, which will be offered as an option for future contracts. Krey explained that the loco is the first German centre cab design with a pantograph to comply with TSI regulations. The T-HDB 800 has a maximum power output at rail of 750 kW and a maximum speed of 100 km/h. It is aimed at heavy shunting and light trip freight applications.Partners in the development project include Windhoff (power module assembly) and Knorr-Bremse (brakes), while Hitachi has supplied an ETCS onboard unit.Final design of the locomotives for DB Cargo is still ongoing, with Krey suggesting that final assembly work could be undertaken at DB’s own workshops in Rostock.last_img read more