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USAID Administrator Says U.S. Will Direct Another $142M To Ebola Efforts; OMB Head Urges Lawmakers To Release Other Funds

News outlets report on the latest developments related to U.S. government funding for efforts to contain the Ebola outbreak in West Africa.

Wall Street Journal: U.S. Earmarks Another $142 Million to Fight Ebola in West Africa
“The U.S. government added another $142 million to its effort to fight Ebola in West Africa on Tuesday in a push to speed up the international response that many worry may be too late for the devastated region. Rajiv Shah, the administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development, told reporters in the Liberian capital that the extra money was earmarked to speed the construction of Ebola treatment units, to expand health care training programs and to fund more body collection teams…” (Vogt, 10/14).

The Hill: Obama budget chief: Speed up Ebola funds
“Office of Management and Budget Director Shaun Donovan urged House lawmakers Tuesday to speed up funding to fight Ebola, including approving a $250 million request that is on hold…” (Kamisar, 10/14).

Reuters: White House Budget director urges speed in deploying Ebola funds
“White House Budget Director Shaun Donovan pressed U.S. lawmakers to speed up funds to fight Ebola, including the remaining $250 million in requested Defense Department money under review. In a letter to leaders of the House of Representatives Appropriations Committee, Donovan said a quick U.S. response was essential to containing the crisis in West Africa…” (Lawder, 10/14).

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