With President Obama set to lay out a plan to confront the ongoing epidemic of Ebola in West Africa, House Speaker John Boehner Tuesday questioned why the administration has not moved sooner.
“I think this Ebola outbreak in Africa is a serious problem, and frankly I’m a bit surprised that the administration hasn’t acted more quickly to address what is a serious threat, not just to Africans but to others around the world,” Boehner told reporters at his weekly briefing.
President Obama is expected to announce a larger response effort aimed at confronting the deadly virus raging in Africa, including committing an estimated 3,000 U.S. military personnel to the effort, aid in the training of healthcare workers, as well as help in the construction of additional Ebola Treatment Units.
Congress has included the White House’s request for $88 million to combat Ebola in its continuing resolution to fund the government, according to reports.
“I think in the coming weeks you’re going to see the Congress and the administration take further steps to look at how do we best contain this very horrible disease,” Boehner added Tuesday.