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Mikulski to hold hearing on Ebola funding

Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski, the chairwoman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, announced Monday her committee will hold a hearing on Ebola, the latest indication Congress is preparing to consider additional federal funding to confront the virus.

The hearing will take place Nov. 6, two days after the midterm elections and about a week before lawmakers are set to return to Washington. The Obama administration has not yet said whether it will seek additional funding.

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"We have not made any decisions about whether additional resources are necessary, but if we determine that they are we'll certainly be working closely with our partners in Congress to try to get them," White House spokesman Josh Earnest said last week.

Mikulski, a Maryland Democrat, did not say who will testify at the hearing.

Congress will return after the election facing a Dec. 11 deadline to pass a funding bill to keep the federal government open. The current stop-gap funding measure, which was signed by President Obama on Sept. 19, included $88 million to fight Ebola.

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