Tuesday, September 9, 2014

House Republicans Cut President's Ebola Funding Request...

by: Les Carpenter
Rational Nation USA
Purveyor of Truth

THE HILL - House Republicans indicated Tuesday that they will provide less than half of the White House's funding request to fight Ebola in the next government spending bill.

According to a source familiar with the negotiations, House Appropriations Committee Chairman Hal Rogers (R-Ky.) agreed as of Tuesday morning to spend a total of $40 million to fight the epidemic in the 2015 spending bill.

This would include $25 million for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and $15 million for the Biological Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA) to ramp up production of an experimental anti-Ebola drug, the source said.

The White House had asked for $88 million for Ebola in total, including $58 million for BARDA, which is involved in coordinating experimental treatments during public health emergencies.

A spokeswoman for the House Appropriations Committee would not confirm the numbers, saying the details of the bill are not yet finalized.

The funding fight comes amid desperate cries for help fighting Ebola from health workers in West Africa and institutions like the United Nations.

CDC Director Thomas Frieden says the epidemic is spiraling out of control and needs immediate attention from lawmakers and officials around the world.

The death count in West Africa exceeded 2,000 people this week.

The House is expected to vote on a stopgap government funding bill on Thursday. The measure would keep the government open through Dec. 11.

Your House Republicans at work saving a few cool millions. A savings that could cost s dearly in the foreseeable future. As we hope for the best.

Via: Memeorandum


  1. Strategy: if Ebola spreads into this hemisphere, it will be Obama's fault.

  2. The right prople the right people won't make enough money off of fighting Ebola.

  3. If the Republicans say 10 billion, the Democrats will always say 15 billion. And if the Democrats say 20 billion, the Republican will always say 15 billion. It's how the 2 parties operate.......Of course in the past they used to compromise and meet in the middle. NOT ANYMORE!

  4. Jerry, I would like to think otherwise but at the same time I must acknowledge you are probably right.

  5. Yes Will, we have morphed into a take no prisoners winner take all mentality in Washington DC . With the T-Pee'ers, neocons, and socons leading the charge.

    The future of American politics is getting bleaker weekly.

  6. I would like to think otherwise also, RN, but the evidence and my bias won't let me.

  7. Evidence is one thing, bias is quite something else altogether different. It's influence a dangerous thing. I remind you of "FreeThinke" and refer you to his site for examples of the results being biased can have in the extreme.

    It clouds judgement and creates robots.

  8. We all have bias. Some of the most bias people are ones who say they are not bias. I agree extreme bias is not a good thing. That is one of the reasons I don't bother with FreeThinke's site. It is a waste of time.

  9. I will no longer comment @ "FreeThinke" either, and for the same reasom.

    Ditto with respect to wd's site (both of them) as well.


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