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Senate Appropriations Committee Hears Testimony From Administration Officials Urging Approval Of $6.2B In Emergency Ebola Funding

News outlets report on a Senate Appropriations Committee hearing Wednesday that discussed President Obama’s emergency request for Ebola funding.

CQ News: Republicans Note Gaps in Ebola Emergency Funding Request
“Senate GOP appropriators were critical of the Obama administration’s response to the Ebola crisis and vowed to closely scrutinize a $6.2 billion White House request for emergency funding, but lawmakers stopped short of promising to oppose the plan or push for offsets…” (Hallerman, 11/12).

The Hill: GOP: Obama playing catch-up on Ebola
“…After grilling White House leaders on Ebola for nearly three hours, the Senate Appropriations Committee’s top Republican said he is still looking for answers about exactly where the money would go…” (Ferris, 11/12).

NBC News: Health and Human Services: We Have the Right Strategy in Place
“President Barack Obama’s request for $6.18 billion to fight Ebola will go to fill years of funding cuts at home and abroad that have put the U.S. at risk of new disease outbreaks, experts argued Wednesday…” (Fox, 11/12).

Politico: Ebola money fight an early lame-duck test
“…Wednesday’s hearing before the Senate Appropriations Committee amounted to a full court press to quickly attach the emergency funds to a year-end spending bill to keep the government funded through September 2015…” (Rogers, 11/12).

Reuters: U.S. calls its Ebola response the right strategy at home, abroad
“…U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell told the Senate Appropriations Committee … a $1 billion-plus U.S. response in West Africa has already begun to show ‘fragile and fluid’ progress to contain infection and assured senators that ‘we are confident that we can limit the number of cases in the United States’…” (Morgan, 11/12).

Wall Street Journal: Obama Administration Asks Lawmakers for $6.2 Billion to Fight Ebola
“…The administration’s request encompasses a wide range of activity, from building treatment centers in Liberia and elsewhere, to enhanced screening at U.S. airports, to augmented research and medical treatments in this country…” (Burton, 11/12).

Washington Times: Obama administration makes case to Congress for Ebola funding
“…Committee Chairwoman Barbara A. Mikulski, Maryland Democrat, signaled her support for President Obama’s request for money, deeming the situation ‘urgent and temporary.’ But Republicans on the panel were not so sure…” (Howell, 11/12).

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