GOP backs new fund for public health

by Sarah Ferris - The Hill  |  published on July 11, 2016

With Congress remains deadlocked over funding to fight the Zika virus, senior GOP leaders are working to head off yet another big public health funding fight.

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), Appropriations Chairman Hal Rogers (R-Ky.) and others for weeks behind the scenes have been working on legislation to create an emergency fund for public health crises.

They call it “FEMA for public health,” a reference to the Federal Emergency Management Agency that helps communities hurt by disasters.

The creation of the reserve fund was unveiled this week in a GOP health spending bill. It would contain $300 million to tackle crises like Zika and Ebola, and would give the administration’s top disease control official “immediate access” to the money.

Rogers said he’s talked at length over the idea with Tom Frieden, the head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

  • Blue 3

    Wasn’t social security supposed to be a fund sitting away to be used as needed

    • obama

      Absolutely not. Congress simply stole the funds illegally whenever they needed cash. Social Security was set up to only provide funds for it’s recipients.

      • Blue 3

        For recipients. Didn’t finish my thought. Sorry.

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  • kbfallon

    And here I thought we were 20 trillion dollars in debt with massive interests payments…..a 300 million fund sitting waiting for obammie to claim it for his illegal acts would be where that money would disappear to.

  • Son Shine

    Use funding to illegals for Zika fund.

    • obama

      Can you be any more heartless?

      • Lyle Hughart

        It is strange, if we want to help those with unatentional but not someone who BROKE OUR LAWS, we are tagged “heartless”. When questioned about the Libya fiSco Hillary’s answer was “what does it matter now, they are still dead. Would she say the same a bout the people killed by police?

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