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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.

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I'm not much of an expert on politics, but I'm a little confused. Didn't he just say that he was going to cut a million dollars from the budget, and now he asks to spend an additonal 1.5 billion? Talk about one step forward and many more back.

Posted by: firesofchaos | May 4, 2009 4:49 PM | Report abuse

I'm sure these Republican commenters have no idea how stupid they look arguing against fighting an emergent lethal pandemic.

I can hardly wait until Obama comes out in favor of Christmas, motherhood, and father-son baseball games so I can read Republicans rant about how evil and wasteful those things are, too.

There's a reason your party is shrinking . . .

Posted by: nodebris | April 29, 2009 12:21 AM | Report abuse

Good grief.

Posted by: SarahBB | April 28, 2009 10:21 PM | Report abuse

another 1 1/2 BILLION ???

sure obama... why don't you go pick it yourself.. just take a bucket and and a ladder and harvest that old money tree growing in your back yard at the white house.

what's a coupls of BILLION between friends, anyhow....

you know obama.. you haven't even filled the posts in the HHS division.. but i noticed you sure have a lot of time to go play golf and play with that mangey mutt of yours.

Posted by: DriveByPoster | April 28, 2009 9:54 PM | Report abuse

Where did this number come from...made out of thin air I think. There seems to be no accountability with this Chicago politician.

Posted by: rmoonin | April 28, 2009 9:20 PM | Report abuse

The comment below from LyndonN is blatantly false. Vaccines have been shown to be one of the two greatest advancements in Public Health. This is according to the World Health Organization. While no medicine or vaccine is without some rare side effects, vaccines are among the greatest health development of the last 100 years.

Posted by: director3 | April 28, 2009 8:34 PM | Report abuse

I guess the days of asking for a few millions are gone.

Now is all or nothing. One billion for what? To give it to the pharmaceuticals?

You people like to be sc'rewd, don't you?

Posted by: cintronlourdes | April 28, 2009 6:22 PM | Report abuse

Always looking for more of our money. The last government vaccines killed more people then the virus. You want us to pay for our deaths? Then tax our graves?

How much will america put up with?

Posted by: LyndonN | April 28, 2009 4:34 PM | Report abuse

I guess, the little Kenyan swineherder, picked the 1.5 number out of the air.

Posted by: dashriprock | April 28, 2009 4:30 PM | Report abuse

((hearty laughs)))

swine flu scenario:

You keep the 1.5 billion.
Give me the Rahm-a-tolla;
If I get swine flu and die.
I will die happy.


Posted by: TheBabeNemo | April 28, 2009 4:16 PM | Report abuse

Another Billion of our dollars heading to DC.
This was getting old last month. John Ziegler's movie (Media Malpractice) is sadly being proven over and over with this administration.

Posted by: JNCali | April 28, 2009 4:11 PM | Report abuse

I'm sure that Texas, South Carolina, and Alaska will want no part of this socialist plot to protect their citizens. It will just make them weak and dependent. Real Americans fight epidemics on their own, with their bare hands.

Posted by: nodebris | April 28, 2009 4:01 PM | Report abuse

let's make sure the states don't blow the money....

Posted by: TheBabeNemo | April 28, 2009 3:15 PM | Report abuse

The BioShield and BARDA enactments were supposed to garner over a billion dollars to begin with, but the Congress appropriated a little over 100 million for these supposed anti-bio programs, according to

Posted by: singingmountains | April 28, 2009 3:10 PM | Report abuse

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