White House Seeking $6.18 Billion For Anti-Ebola Efforts
Politico reports that the push for new funding is viewed as a post-election test to see if the two parties can work together on a health issue. Politico also reports that the military is now on track to send about 3,000 troops -- down from 4,000 -- to fight Ebola in West Africa.
Ebola Money Fight An Early Lame-Duck Test
The White House is seeking $6.18 billion to cope with the crisis — an early post-election test of whether the two political parties can work together on a health issue that has known no ideology. And Wednesday’s hearing before the Senate Appropriations Committee amounted to a full court press to quickly attach the emergency funds to a year-end spending bill to keep the government funded through September 2015. (Rogers, 11/12)
DoD To Deploy Fewer Troops In Ebola Fight
The Pentagon is sending about 1,000 fewer troops to fight Ebola in West Africa than it previously planned, officials said Wednesday. The military is now on track to deploy about only 3,000 troops, down from the previous estimate of 4,000 or more, said Maj. Gen. Gary Volesky, commander of the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), who was among the U.S. officials who briefed reporters at the Pentagon via satellite. (Ewing, 11/12)