Thursday, October 9, 2014

Republicans Approve $700 Million To Fight Ebola

So... if we can throw money at the problem, why are we waiting for our government to institute travel bans?

(CNS News) The Republican chairmen of House panels that oversee the Pentagon signed off Thursday on an additional $700 million to pay for the military mission to help fight Africa's deadly Ebola outbreak.

Thursday's action by Armed Services Committee Chairman Howard "Buck" McKeon and Appropriations Chairman Harold Rogers would permit a total of $750 million in funds leftover for fighting in Afghanistan to be used to provide logistical help for health care workers in West Africa. The first $50 million was released last month.

The administration originally requested $1 billion to send up to 4,000 troops to Africa. In briefings this week, McKeon said Pentagon officials estimate $750 million would cover a six-month mission that would include airlifting personnel, medical supplies, protective suits and equipment such as tents to house Ebola victims and isolate people exposed to the virus.

But an aide to Sen. James Inhofe, the top Republican on the Senate Armed Services panel, said the Oklahoman has not signed off on the money. It takes the OK of the top Republican and Democrat on the House and Senate Armed Services and Appropriations panels to "reprogram" Pentagon funds. Democrats and Sen. Thad Cochran of Mississippi, the ranking Republican on the Appropriations Committee, have already agreed.

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  1. The entire house and senate should be sent over to work with ebola patients. It would be the best thing for our country.

  2. It should have been $1,700,000,000.
    The fact that the teatards have cut the HHS and CDC budgets by over $500million in each of the last 6 years.

    1. Yeah, lets just keep spending money until we crash and burn.


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