Obama to push Congress for more money to fight Ebola

President Barack Obama speaks to the press, while seated next to Georgia's President Mikheil Saakashvili (not pictured), at the Oval Office of the White House in Washington January 30, 2012. REUTERS/Larry Downing

President Obama will visit the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Tuesday to praise doctors completing preliminary critical trials of an Ebola vaccine and to push members of Congress to quickly approve new funding to fight the virus the administration has requested.

Mr. Obama asked Congress to approve an extra $6.18 billion in emergency funding on November 5, the day after the midterm elections. In a letter to House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, he said the money would be used for the U.S. efforts to fight the disease in West Africa, to improve domestic readiness against the disease and to speed up the testing for vaccines… (read more)