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Waiting for Ebola Response Funding
Posted at 11:51 a.m. on Sept. 4
The Ebola crisis in West Africa might complicate congressional action on a stopgap spending bill to keep the government operating beyond the Oct. 1 start of the new fiscal year.
Several lawmakers at a hearing on the Ebola crisis during last month’s recess urged Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Thomas Frieden to request more money. However, in an interview with CQ HealthBeat on Wednesday, Frieden noted that spending is already authorized for global disease detection and response, and he avoided detailing additional funding needs specifically in response to the Ebola crisis. The administration’s proposed budget submitted before the virus outbreak requested $42.5 million in added spending for global health programs.
The continuing resolution might include additional money to support the international medical response to Ebola, but CQ Roll Call’s Tamar Hallerman reported today that congressional Republican leaders are seeking to avoid too many new spending provisions in a stopgap bill, which would extend current spending levels and policy directives through Dec. 11 or 12.