White House asks for $58M for Ebola drugs

The White House is asking Congress for $58 million above current levels to speed the production of promising drugs to fight Ebola and to give additional flexibility to the Department of Homeland Security to cope with the thousands of unaccompanied Central American children still arriving at the southern border.

The administration also tells lawmakers that it wants them to extend the charter of the Export-Import Bank as part of a must-do temporary spending bill that’s required to prevent a government shutdown at the end of the month. The bank helps foreign buyers purchase U.S. exports.

The roster of requests comes as the GOP-controlled House has slated a vote next week on the stopgap spending bill, which would fund government agencies at current levels into December.

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