U.S. House Appropriators Approve Ebola Funding With Restriction; Top Republican On Senate Armed Services Committee Withholding Approval

News outlets report on congressional action to approve funding for U.S. Ebola efforts.

Associated Press: Inhofe demands details before OK-ing Ebola funding
“The top Republican on the Senate Armed Services Committee is holding up money to fight Ebola until the Obama administration provides details on how the military would protect American personnel sent to Africa to battle the epidemic. Sen. Jim Inhofe of Oklahoma also wants more specifics on the financial and logistics demands such assistance would impose upon a defense budget already stretched thin…” (Taylor/Cassata, 9/24).

CQ News: House Appropriators Put Restrictions on Ebola Reprogramming
“House appropriators have approved, with conditions, the Pentagon’s $1 billion request to shift money within fiscal 2014 war funds to pay for the response to the Ebola outbreak in Africa. The panel agreed to release $50 million of the $1 billion request immediately, a GOP appropriations aide said late Wednesday. The additional money will be released when the Defense Department provides Congress more information, including its spending plans and the goals and timeline for the mission…” (Scully, 9/24).

The Hill: Report: GOP senator holding up Ebola money
“…Inhofe asked the Obama administration for more detail on how it would protect military personnel who come in contact with Ebola as part of the response effort, the AP says. House Appropriations Committee Chairman Hal Rogers (R-Ky.) made a similar request of the administration after approving the use of contingency funds for Ebola on Wednesday. His approval is a victory for the White House and a sign the funding will move forward…” (Viebeck, 9/24).

Politico: Republicans OK war money for Ebola fight
“A White House plan to tap into overseas war funds to help pay for the U.S. response to Ebola cleared an important hurdle in Congress Wednesday as Republicans on the House Appropriations Committee agreed it was an acceptable use of the contingency dollars…” (Rogers, 9/24).

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