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Though deep cuts aren't likely to be enacted, health groups and experts aired strong concerns.
The vaccine protected macaques from infection 5 weeks later and mice 5 months later.
In other Zika news, Florida reported more local Zika cases over the past few days, officials announced the launch of a vaccine trial, and Palau reported its first local case.
Also today, a Lancet letter details the second case of female-to-male sexual spread.
In other developments, without Zika funding federal officials have had to tap research money for cancer and other diseases.
HHS Secretary Burwell says lack of congressional action forced $81 million to be taken from other programs.
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