Dems turn to Approps chairman for Ebola hearing

Democrats on a congressional panel responsible for funding the government’s health agencies are intensifying their push for a hearing to assess funding for the Ebola response.

On Friday, the Democrats wrote to House Appropriations Committee Chairman Hal RogersHarold (Hal) Dallas RogersTrump says he'll decide on foreign aid cuts within a week Pelosi warns Mnuchin to stop 'illegal' .3B cut to foreign aid Appropriators warn White House against clawing back foreign aid MORE (R-Ky.) asking that he push his Republican colleague to convene a health subcommittee hearing immediately. 

“Please direct Chairman Jack KingstonJohon (Jack) Heddens KingstonHundreds apply to fill Isakson's Senate seat in Georgia Nancy Pelosi is ready for this fight 5 Republicans who could replace Isakson in Georgia's Senate race MORE to convene a Subcommittee hearing this month to gather information we need to make informed decisions,” the letter said.

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The letter was signed by Rep. Rosa DeLauroRosa Luisa DeLauroPowerful House panel to hold 'Medicare for All' hearing next week Overnight Health Care: Supreme Court sets date for Louisiana abortion case | Border Patrol ignored calls to vaccinate migrants against flu | DC sues Juul Border Patrol ignored recommendation to vaccinate migrants against the flu MORE (Conn.), the top Democrat on the health subcommittee, and Reps. Nita Lowey (N.Y.), Lucille Roybal-Allard (Calif.), Barbara Lee (Calif.) and Mike Honda (Calif.). 

Just days earlier, the Democrats questioned why they had not received a response from Kingston, whom they wrote to a week ago. 

House Appropriations Committee spokeswoman Jennifer Hing said, “The Committee currently has no hearings scheduled as the Congress is in recess.” Other congressional committees, however, have held hearings on Ebola during the congressional recess.

On Thursday, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) echoed their calls and demanded the committee “return to Washington immediately.”

The White House, meanwhile, has suggested the administration might ask Congress for even more money as health officials scramble to prevent the disease from spreading.

After lawmakers return to Washington next month, appropriators aim to pass an omnibus spending bill that would fund the government through the rest of fiscal 2015. Any additional funding for the Ebola response could be included in that legislation.