Politico Pro: Alexander Pledges Support for Stronger U.S. Ebola Response

Posted on September 15, 2014

Sen. Lamar Alexander said the Ebola outbreak in West Africa should be taken “as seriously as” ISIL and that he would support “a more urgent response” from the United States and other countries.

The remarks come a day before a joint Senate hearing on the outbreak. Alexander is the ranking member of the HELP Committee, and he said he would support a request for $88 million by the White House to fund research into Ebola treatment and to support the CDC.

President Barack Obama is scheduled to visit the CDC Tuesday for a briefing, and is expected to announce a stepped up U.S. response.

“This is an instance where we should be running toward the burning flames with our fireproof suits on,” Alexander said. “This is an emergency. We need to recognize it, and we need to find and work with other countries in the world that recognize it.”

The Ebola outbreak has killed at least 2,400 people in West Africa.