Obama Requests $1.5 Billion for Swine Flu Efforts
By Michael D. Shear
President Obama today asked Congress for an additional $1.5 billion to fight the swine flu, saying in a letter to Congressional leaders that he wants the money to be approved in the supplemental appropriation currently before lawmakers.
The letter was announced by press secretary Robert Gibbs at the daily White House briefing. Gibbs said the money could be used to produce more antiviral drugs, work on developing a vaccine or fight the spread of the disease.
"This is about prudent planning moving forward," Gibbs said.
Posted at 2:22 PM ET on Apr 28, 2009
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