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House, Senate Committees Approve $750M In Funding For U.S. Ebola Response

News outlets report on congressional action to approve funding for the U.S. Ebola response in West Africa.

Associated Press/ABC News: Inhofe Gives Final OK to $700M to Fight Ebola
“…Oklahoma GOP Sen. James Inhofe, a senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, gave his OK to shift leftover Afghanistan war money to the Ebola effort, which involves sending almost 4,000 troops to Africa to offer logistical support to health care workers fighting the epidemic. Inhofe said he still has big reservations about the mission and questions whether the Pentagon has a coherent strategy to fight the disease…” (Taylor, 10/10).

Reuters: U.S. senator lifts objections to $750 mln Ebola funding shift
“…Inhofe, the top Republican on the Senate Armed Services Committee, had held out on approving the funding shift earlier this week due to concerns over the safety of U.S. troops in Africa and the long-term future of the mission. ‘After careful consideration, I believe that the [Ebola] outbreak has reached a point that the only organization in the world able to provide the capabilities and speed necessary to respond to this crisis is the U.S. military,’ Inhofe said in a statement…” (10/10).

CQ News: Ebola Funding Clears Additional Hurdles
“Two House committees have agreed to release a total of $750 million for the Obama administration to fight the Ebola crisis in West Africa…” (Hallerman, 10/9).

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