The Doctor Is Out, the Senate Is In for Ebola Hearing

The U.S. Ebola scare may be over, but congressional hearings must go on.

Dr. Craig Spencer smiles during a news conference November 11, 2014 at Bellevue Hospital in New York.


The only known Ebola patient in the U.S. got a clean bill of health this week—but the show will go on in Washington, where the Senate Appropriations Committee is set to hold a hearing Wednesday on the government's response to the issue.

The White House has asked Congress for $6.18 billion to fight the disease internationally as well as domestically, $4.64 billion of that for immediate needs and $1.54 billion for contingencies.

Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell and Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson are scheduled to testify at the 2 p.m. ET hearing, along with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention director Thomas Frieden; Anthony Fauci of the National Institutes of Health; and other administration officials.

Not on the agenda: the White House's Ebola czar, Ron Klain, though he is doing TV interviews.

After Craig Spencer, a doctor who had contracted Ebola treating patients in West Africa, was released Tuesday from a New York hospital, the U.S. became free of any known cases. Kaci Hickox, the Maine nurse who faced and defied quarantines while remaining healthy, completed a three-week monitoring period on Monday and says she is still frustrated about the way her case was handled.