Obama Asks Lawmakers for Funds to Fight Ebola
President Barack Obama urged US lawmakers to release a $6 billion war chest to help the fight against Ebola, warning that the deadly disease could not be beaten without additional funding.
Speaking at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland, on Wednesday, Obama called on Congress to approve the emergency funding to help battle the virus, saying the west African outbreak remained a threat.
“We cannot beat Ebola without more funding,” Obama said.
“And if we want other countries to keep stepping up, we have to keep leading the way,” added Mr Obama, noting that some 3,000 American civilians and military were now deployed on the ground in west Africa, mostly in Liberia, the worst-affected country.
Mr Obama said while efforts to fight Ebola had broadly united Republicans and Democrats to date, he warned against the funding being caught in the crossfire of a bitter budget battle on Capitol Hill.