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Ebola Costs Encourage Budget Flexibility Among U.S. Republicans

November 1, 2014 by staff 

Ebola Costs Encourage Budget Flexibility Among U.S. Republicans, Worries about Ebola are chipping away at some congressional Republicans’ support for maintaining across-the-board spending caps on U.S. government agencies and the military.

An increasing number of Republicans are speaking out in favor of Ebola “emergency” funds, which would be passed outside of the normal budget process, and would not require offsetting spending cuts or explicit sources of revenue.

“I think we’re going to give the money that’s needed,” Republican Representative Blake Farenthold of Texas told Reuters, when asked about emergency funds. “If they need more, they need to ask for it.”

Farenthold and others open to special measures for Ebola generally insisted that any broad increase in spending would need to be paid for with cuts. And the pre-election pledges to fight Ebola from rank and file Republicans and some party leadership could still have strings attached.

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