President Obama is asking Congress for just over $6 billion in emergency funding to combat Ebola in West Africa and protect Americans from the virus in the United States, an administration official said Wednesday.
The request comes just after the midterm congressional elections on Tuesday in which Republicans took control of the Senate, dealing devastating losses to Democrats across the country and a rebuke to Mr. Obama that will complicate his efforts to advance his agenda.
The White House described the proposal as a chance for collaboration between the president and Capitol Hill.
“This is an opportunity for Congress and this administration to continue our work together to provide the additional resources needed through appropriations efforts in order to be responsive to the resource needs on the ground and here at home,” said a White House budget office official, speaking on the condition of anonymity to discuss details of the request before a formal announcement, made later on Wednesday afternoon.
Most of the money — more than $4.5 billion — would be for immediate response efforts, and an additional $1.5 billion would go into a contingency fund “to ensure that there are resources available to meet the evolving nature of the epidemic,” the official said.