President Barack Obama at a news conference marking his first 100 days in office praised Congress' decision to approve a fiscal 2010 budget outline that will move this economy from recession, and vowed to take all actions necessary to combat the growing threat of swine flu.
The $3.4 trillion budget plan approved by the House and Senate essentially sets the stage for Obama's initiatives on healthcare and education. This budget builds on the steps weve taken over the last 100 days to move this economy...to recovery and ultimately to prosperity, Obama told reporters.
Most of his healthcare comments focused on the swine flu. The president has requested $1.5 billion in emergency funding from Congress to build the nation's stockpile of antivirals and assist health officials in tracking the emerging virus.
We are continuing to closely monitor the emerging cases of the H1N1 flu virus throughout the United States, Obama said.
While there are no immediate plans to close the borders to Mexico based on consultations with health officials, we have ramped up screening cases across the border, Obama said. This is a cause for deep concern, not panic.
The World Health Organization earlier raised the influenza pandemic alert level to 5 from 4.