White House drops plan to cuts Ebola funding

June 05, 2018 - 3:38 pm

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House has dropped a proposal to cut $252 million in leftover funding to fight the Ebola virus in Africa as it tries to revive a $15 billion package of spending cuts that has stalled on Capitol Hill.

An Ebola outbreak in Congo led the administration to rethink the cuts.

The White House budget office has also dropped a plan to cut $107 million appropriated during the Obama administration to help communities rebuild watersheds and floodplains damaged by Superstorm Sandy.

The White House originally unveiled the cuts last month, but they've languished in Congress. Cuts to the popular Children's Health Insurance Program — while unlikely to have an impact on the program — are making some Republican moderates uneasy. The closely divided Senate appears unlikely to act.

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