Legislative Alerts


Senate Committee Meets to Discuss Ebola Funding

Nov. 13, 2014

On Nov. 12, the Senate Appropriations Committee convened the hearing "U.S. Government Response: Fighting Ebola and Protecting America" to assess ongoing international and domestic Ebola response activities and analyze the White House's $6.2 billion emergency supplemental Ebola funding request. The hearing was the second Ebola-related panel in the Senate and the fifth of ten scheduled hearings on the topic to date. The Ebola funding request designates $4.6 billion for immediate response and $1.54 billion as part of a Contingency Fund. Specifically, the request features $2.43 billion for HHS activities—including $157 million for the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority, $238 million for NIH, $25 million for FDA, and $1.83 billion for CDC—$1.98 billion for U.S. Agency for International Development, $127 million for the Department of State, and $112 million for the Department of Defense. It is not yet known when the House and Senate Appropriations Committees will act on the president's Ebola request.

ASTHO continues to monitor funding and response to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, and has provided expertise on the issue to both the administration and Congress. We continue to track and support multi-agency federal efforts and provide notice to and among states and territories on domestic Ebola preparedness and response. ASTHO will continue to work with Congress to ensure states and territories have the resources needed to combat this global threat.