By Elise Viebeck - 09/04/14 07:31 PM EDT
A group of House Democrats is asking for a hearing on the Ebola outbreak in West Africa as global health officials issue increasingly desperate cries for help.
House Energy and Commerce Committee ranking member Henry Waxman (D-Calif.) and two other key members of the panel, Reps. Diana DeGette (D-Colo.) and Frank Pallone Jr. (D-N.J.), urged GOP leaders to schedule the event soon.
The lawmakers expressed interest in a handful of specific issues, including whether agencies like the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are equipped to fight the virus and the status of efforts to develop anti-Ebola drugs.
The Energy and Commerce panel already has two events scheduled for next week on disease cures.