The day after an election that has been judged a disapproval of the president, U.S. President Barack Obama is requesting the U.S. House and Senate to approve emergency funds of $6.2 billion to fight the Ebola virus. The president intends for the funds to fight the spread of the disease in the United States and also to oppose it at its origin in West Africa.
Almost $2 billion would go to the United States Agency for International Development and almost $2.5 billion to HUD (the Department of Health and Human Services). A contingency fund would hold more than $1.5 billion.
The administration wants to see swift approval during the current lame duck session.
By Gregory Baskin