White House Requests Flu-Fighting Funding

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

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Wednesday, June 3, 2009

The White House is asking Congress for $2 billion to help prepare for a possible H1N1 flu pandemic.

The request is included in a huge funding bill for military and diplomatic efforts in Iraq and Afghanistan.

President Barack Obama requested the new anti-flu funding out of "an abundance of caution" even as the panic surrounding the H1N1 flu outbreak has faded considerably.

The president also sent lawmakers a request for $200 million in humanitarian aid to Pakistan.

The requests, if granted, would likely bring the cost of President Obama's war funding bill to more than $100 billion.

Republicans in the House are lining up to oppose the war-funding bill if Democrats insist on including a new line of credit for the International Monetary Fund.

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