House Bill Fully Funds Obama’s Ebola Request
House Republicans plan to fully fund President Barack Obama’s $88 million request for countering the Ebola outbreak in a rare win for the administration.
The GOP isn’t going along with many of Obama’s other spending priorities — like $3.7 billion he sought to deal with the influx of child migrants at the border with Mexico — and the Ebola money had been in doubt until late Tuesday.
The Ebola money now appears to be a lock, as it is included in the House’s continuing resolution, which is needed to keep the government open after Sept. 30. Speaker John A. Boehner, R-Ohio, still needs to find a way to pass the CR, with conservative House Republicans allied with Sen. Ted Cruz meeting late into the night Tuesday discussing their strategy. While the money is there, containing the deadly virus will hinge more on bringing enough private sector volunteers and government scientists into the fold.
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