The National Association of County and City Health Officials called on Congress to restore $130 million in funding for state and local bioterrorism-response efforts slated to be cut under President Bush's 2006 budget proposal. The group pointed to a new Government Accountability Office report as evidence that state and local governments had been spending federal bioterrorism money appropriately. The GAO report said it found states and municipalities had spent 80% of their fiscal 2002 bioterrorism allocations by the Aug. 30, 2004 deadline. HHS cited unused funds by states and municipalities when it shifted some bioterrorism money in its fiscal 2004 budget to national initiatives instead of allocating the money to states, the District of Columbia and the cities of Chicago, Los Angeles and New York. Read the GAO report. -- by Joseph Mantone
Local governments push for return of bioterror funds
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