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FY15 Compromise Spending Bill Includes $5.4B In Ebola Funding, $300M Increase For PEPFAR

The Hill: Ebola funding in ‘cromnibus’ falls just short of Obama request
“The $1.1 trillion spending bill unveiled Tuesday night includes nearly all of President Obama’s massive $6.2 billion emergency funding request to fight the Ebola outbreak. Lawmakers have agreed to spend $5.4 billion on Ebola treatment and prevention measures in the U.S. and West Africa…” (Ferris, 12/10).

POLITICO: Cromnibus targets risk corridors, IPAB — Reid: We never recovered from ACA rollout
“…The [Ebola] funds can reimburse hospitals for providing Ebola care but don’t support the administration’s proposal to have a specially designated Ebola hospital in every state. PEPFAR: The [bilateral] AIDS relief program will get a boost of $300 million from its current funding level, with Senate Democrats blocking cuts to family planning and climate change programs that Republicans had initially proposed in order to boost PEPFAR’s budget…” (Cunningham et al., 12/10).

ScienceInsider: Within NIH’s flat 2015 budget, a few favorites
“Although the massive 2015 spending agreement reached by Congress last night gives the National Institutes of Health (NIH) a flat budget, it contains modest increases for a few programs within the agency. An accompanying report also contains several directives that biomedical research advocates are eyeing warily…” (Kaiser, 12/10).