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Congress Nearly Grants Obama’s Ebola Wish List With $5.4B

Congress plans to give the White House $5.48 billion to combat Ebola abroad and at home, meeting most of President Barack Obama’s request as the outbreak burns hot in Sierra Leone.

Included in the funding is $2.72 billion for the U.S. Health and Human Services Department, primarily the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which is trying to contain the virus in West Africa and also prepare U.S. hospitals for new domestic cases. The State Department and the U.S. Agency for International Development would receive $2.53 billion and the Defense Department $112 million.