White House Seeks Emergency Funds to Fight Zika

The White House initiative would support research and diagnostics. (Photo By Al Drago/CQ Roll Call)

The Obama administration will ask Congress for $1.8 billion in emergency funding to combat the Zika virus -- a disease the president says is a cause for concern but not panic.  

The White House announced the request to cover research and planning in the United States and abroad minutes after CBS aired an interview with President Barack Obama during which he said “there shouldn't be panic on this -- this is not something where people are going to die from.”  

Ryan, McConnell Find Little 'Common Ground' at White House

Speaker Paul Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell walk to the Senate Republicans' policy lunch in the Capitol on Nov. 3. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

President Barack Obama's private meetings with congressional Republican leaders appeared to do very little to  break the legislative impasse that largely has defined his tenure.  

Descriptions of the meeting from both ends of Pennsylvania Ave. were clinical at best. Notably missing were usual Washington declarations that a high-level meeting was “productive” or “constructive.” Asked about that omission, an aide to Speaker Paul D. Ryan, R-Wis., called the speaker’s time on Tuesday with Obama “cordial.”

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Obama: Health Workers 'Doing God's Work;' Ebola 'Will Be Defeated'

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President Barack Obama sought to tamp down Ebola panic Tuesday and spoke out strongly in favor of treating health care workers heading to Africa with respect.  

Obama said health care workers volunteering to go to Africa should be applauded and supported. "They are doing God's work," Obama said, and noted the importance of stopping the outbreak at its source. Obama seemed to be implicitly critiquing New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, R-N.J., for quarantining a nurse in a tent, although he didn't delve into specifics.  

Mikulski Sets Senate Ebola Hearing Two Days After Elections (Updated)

Mikulski will hold a post-election Ebola hearing. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Updated 2:15 p.m. | 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.  

The hearing is set for Nov. 6, and would be the first in the Democratic-run Senate since the first U.S. Ebola case was discovered in Dallas. The hearing could take on increased urgency if the Obama administration follows through on sending over a supplemental spending request. A Democratic aide said appropriators were told to expect a request for Ebola funding as soon as this week but did not have any details on its scope or whether it would be designated as emergency funding.  

White House Touts Ebola Czar Ron Klain's Ties to Congress (Updated)

Updated 12:23 p.m. | President Barack Obama has picked Ron Klain to be the Ebola czar, according to the White House, a move that appears aimed at quelling a firestorm from Congress and the public over the handling of the crisis.  

Klain is a longtime Washingtonian and Harvard-educated lawyer who previously served as Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr.'s chief of staff. He isn't known for his work in health care, but the White House emphasized his management background and relationships with Congress.  

Vitter: Fire CDC's Frieden, Impose Ebola Quarantine

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Sen. David Vitter, R-La., is calling for firing Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Tom Frieden over the response to the Ebola virus and for imposing travel restrictions in Africa.  

“The CDC Director’s response to the spread of the Ebola virus has been nothing short of pathetic,” Vitter said in a release. “President [Barack] Obama needs to fire him, put someone strong and competent in charge, and impose travel restrictions into the U.S. – all immediately. That sort of quarantine action was an essential part of the eradication of the late 1970s Ebola outbreak in Africa.”  

Obama to Consult Congress on Ebola

Hazmat workers prepare to enter the apartment in Dallas where a second health care worker who has tested positive for the Ebola virus resides. (Mike Stone/Getty Images)

President Barack Obama will call members of Congress today to discuss the Ebola virus crisis, and there are hints from the White House that he might be asking for more money.  

White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest told reporters Obama will be making a series of calls to lawmakers, and will discuss a role for Congress.  

Ebola Sparks Obama to Shake Up Leadership Style

After criticism of the "business-as-usual" tone at the White House, Obama is trying a different tack on the Ebola crisis.

No drama Barack Obama has shaken up his daily routine to deal with the Ebola crisis — a marked shift in how the president has handled past crises on his watch.  

Obama's crisis-management style has been to go about his routine as much as possible — even golfing after making a statement about the beheading of an American by the Islamic State terror group — or continuing campaign swings amid crises at home and abroad. The White House's explanation, again and again, has been that the president is president 24/7 and he can do that job wherever he is.