Tags: Ebola Outbreak | Ebola | Congress | funding | Defense Department | West Africa

Jim Inhofe: Congress to Give $700M to Ebola Efforts

By    |   Friday, 10 October 2014 12:37 PM

After hearing additional details from Obama administration officials, the House Armed Services Committee agreed to transfer $700 million to support efforts to fight the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, but is holding off on full funding until questions are answered.

"While I maintain concerns, particularly regarding the safety and security of our military personnel supporting this mission, [the Department of Defense] has provided us with much of their force protection plan and the other information requested," California Rep. Buck McKeon, chairman of the House committee, said in a statement Thursday evening, reports The Hill.

"Releasing these funds marks the beginning of the committee's oversight of this important mission, not the end."

On Friday morning, the last remaining hurdle was removed when Oklahoma Sen. Jim Inhofe issued a statement announcing he had agreed to remove his hold on the funding request.

Inhofe said some of the questions he had were answered when the Defense Department provided additional information "regarding the protocol to care for the health of our service members."

But, he said, some questions remain unanswered.

"As for my concerns on transitioning this likely long-term mission to more appropriate government agencies and non-government organizations when the requested money runs out, the Administration still has not come forward with a plan," said Inhofe, the ranking member of the Senate Committee on Armed Services.

"But because of the failure of the Obama administration to responsibly and strategically plan in advance for how the U.S. will be involved in West Africa, it will be difficult for me to support any further last-minute funding requests using military resources," he added. "That is why I have insisted another more appropriate funding source be identified for operations beyond six months."

In September, the Defense Department sent Congress a request for $1 billion in defense funds to combat the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. Combined with the $50 million already approved, Congress has approved about three-quarters of that request.

House Appropriations Committee members also have additional questions about the administration's plans to send as many as 4,000 U.S. troops to West Africa.

"Our initial review of the proposal has raised questions about the coordination and consistency among these agencies," wrote committee Chairman Hal Rogers and ranking member Nita Lowey in a letter to the Office of Management and Budget and National Security Council on Thursday, The Hill reports.

The legislators have asked for a response by Oct. 17.

Soldiers deployed to Africa will be eligible for at least $150 per month, and possibly up to $400 per month, in extra pay plus $150 per month in hardship duty-location pay, reports Military.com.

© 2018 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

1Like our page
After hearing additional details from the Obama administration, Congress agreed to transfer $700 million — on top of $50 million already approved — to support efforts to fight the Ebola outbreak in West Africa.
Ebola, Congress, funding, Defense Department, West Africa
Friday, 10 October 2014 12:37 PM
Newsmax Media, Inc.

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

America's News Page
© Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved