White House Asks Lawmakers For $1.5 Billion For Flu

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

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Tuesday, April 28, 2009

The White House is asking Congress for $1.5 billion to fight a swine flu outbreak.

President Barack Obama sent a letter to lawmakers on Tuesday, asking them for a supplemental spending plan to build drug stockpiles and monitor future cases. Spokesman Robert Gibbs read the letter to White House reporters on Tuesday.

President Obama says the money will also help international efforts to control the outbreak.

Gibbs says the swine flu requires "prudent planning" and not panic.

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