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Congress Rushes to Increase Funding to Combat Ebola

Lawmakers are moving swiftly in the wake of reports that spending cuts prevented the creation of a vaccine.
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Hours after the head of the National Institutes of Health declared that the United States would have already produced an Ebola vaccine if federal health budgets had not been slashed over the past decade, Congress is scrambling to increase funds to try and combat the deadly virus. 

A bipartisan plan to increase the amount of money Congress allocates to agencies such as the N.I.H. is now a top priority in the appropriations committees of the House and Senate, according to an anonymous Democratic Senate aide who spoke to Bloomberg News. The injection of new dollars would be added to a funding bill aimed at keeping the government running past December 11.