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Appropriations CR Contains Ebola Funding

The House of Representatives is tentatively scheduled to vote this Tuesday on the fiscal year (FY) 2015 continuing resolution (CR), H.J.Res. 124. After some hesitancy to support the full $88 million in funding sought by the Administration to address the Ebola crisis, it appears that House Republicans are prepared to move the CR with the requested funds, including $58 million to help speed-up the development and production of vaccines and treatments for the disease and $30 million to give the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) the tools to help control the virus. In addition, the $1.012 trillion CR (which would extend funding through December 11th) would allow the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to collect outsourcing facilities fees for the inspection of compounding pharmacies. Of note, House Appropriations Chairman Harold Rogers (R-KY) said he will attempt to bring an omnibus appropriations measure to the House for a vote in December, although a Republican takeover of the Senate in the November elections could result in another CR which would extend into next year the decision-making needed to set the final spending levels for FY 2015.

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