GOP meets request for Ebola funds

House Republicans earmarked $88 million to fight Ebola in their stopgap bill to fund the government, ultimately meeting the White House’s request for additional aid.

The move was a reversal from earlier in the day when Appropriations Committee Chairman Hal Rogers (R-Ky.) limited the funding to $40 million, a source close to the negotiations told The Hill.

The bill now gives an additional $30 million to the Centers for Disease Control and $58 million to a federal health emergency fund to assist in developing experimental Ebola treatments.

The House Appropriations Committee touted the provision in its announcement, calling it an answer to the Ebola “crisis.”

Senate Democrats are likely to adopt the same appropriations in their continuing resolution and to discuss the funding at a joint hearing on the Ebola epidemic next week.

Global health officials have warned that without a significant increase in support, the epidemic in West Africa will spiral out of control.

The House is expected to vote Thursday on its spending bill.

A spokeswoman for Rogers said later that he did not limit the Ebola funds during negotiations. 

“This is inaccurate,” Jennifer Hing wrote in an email on Thursday. “At the time of the initial report, no decision on Ebola funding had been made.”

—This post was updated Thursday at 2:26 p.m.

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