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 RogersPelosi warns Mnuchin to stop 'illegal' .3B cut to foreign aid Appropriators warn White House against clawing back foreign aid Hillicon Valley: Trump officials to investigate French tax on tech giants | Fed chair raises concerns about Facebook's crypto project | FCC blocks part of San Francisco law on broadband competition | House members warn of disinformation 'battle' MORE (R-Ky.) asking that he push his Republican colleague to convene a health subcommittee hearing immediately. 

“Please direct Chairman Jack KingstonJohon (Jack) Heddens KingstonWhy don't we pay congressional salary based on results? Panel: Why is Tom Steyer running for President? Panel: AOC claps back at Pelosi and Bernie surges in polls MORE to convene a Subcommittee hearing this month to gather information we need to make informed decisions,” the letter said.


The letter was signed by Rep. Rosa DeLauroRosa Luisa DeLauroLawmakers point to entitlements when asked about deficits House bill would make World Cup funds contingent on equal pay Trump faces new hit on deficit 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.