Republican gives final OK to $700M to fight Ebola
WASHINGTON - A GOP senator has lifted his objections to a $750 million Pentagon request to fight Ebola in Africa, freeing up the money immediately.
Oklahoma Republican Sen. James Inhofe is a senior member of the Armed Services Committee. Inhofe gave his OK to shift leftover Afghanistan war money to the Ebola effort, which involves sending almost 4,000 troops to Africa to offer logistical support to health care workers fighting the epidemic.
Inhofe's approval came a day after other top Republicans backed the effort to shift the war money to fight Ebola. It frees up $700 million on top of $50 million that has already been approved.
It takes the OK of senior members of the armed services and appropriations committees in Congress to shift Pentagon funds.