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White House, Congress To Discuss Ebola Funding, U.S. Response

News outlets examine discussions between the White House and Congress on U.S. funding for Ebola efforts, as well as upcoming congressional actions on the epidemic.

CQ News: Ebola Funding Likely to Top Lame-Duck Agenda
“Ebola funding is shaping up to be a top issue for the lame duck, with the White House planning to request additional funding as early as this week and the Senate Appropriations Committee scheduling a recess hearing two days after the elections…” (Hallerman, 10/20).

The Hill: White House begins talks with Congress on new Ebola funding
“The White House has held preliminary discussions with the Senate about a new funding request to fight Ebola, according to a pair of congressional sources. Any request would come on top of hundreds of millions of dollars already allocated for the fight against the deadly virus, and would trigger a battle with congressional Republicans over the Obama administration’s handling of the crisis…” (Sink, 10/20).

The Hill: Five possible targets for Ebola funds
“…Health experts say the government could boost [Ebola] funding to a number of areas. Here are five possibilities that could be key in a new request…” (Shabad, 10/21).

Roll Call: Mikulski Sets Senate Ebola Hearing Two Days After Elections
“As the threat of the Ebola virus in the United States appears to be easing, Senate Appropriations Chairwoman Barbara A. Mikulski announced she would hold a hearing on the issue two days after voters are scheduled to go to the polls…” (Sanchez/Lesniewski, 10/20).

Roll Call: Before Ending Chairmanship, Issa Sets Ebola Hearing for Oversight
“…On Friday afternoon, the Oversight and Government Reform Committee chairman announced he would convene a full panel hearing in seven days, on Oct. 24, titled, ‘The Ebola Crisis: Coordination of a Multi-Agency Response’…” (Dumain, 10/17).

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