Last week the Obama administration announced a $6.18 billion request for emergency funding to fight Ebola at its source in West Africa and prepare the U.S. for the possibility of further cases.
HHS would get $2.43 billion of that sum, including $1.83 billion for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, $333 million for the Public Health and Social Services Emergency Fund, $238 million for the National Institutes of Health and $25 million for the Food and Drug Administration.
The State Department and the U.S. Agency for International Development, known as USAID, would receive $2.1 billion to fight Ebola in West Africa.
An additional $1.54 billion would be allocated to HHS and the State Department as contingency funding, meaning it could be used and transferred to other agencies in the event that the outbreak progresses at an unpredictable level.
Administration officials, including HHS Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell and Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson, were scheduled to testify before the Senate Appropriations Committee Wednesday afternoon regarding the federal government’s response to the outbreak.
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