Wednesday, October 05, 2005

Senate Democrats seek $4 bln to fight bird flu. Prominent Republican opposes

A group of Senate Democrats [led by Tom Harkin, (D-Iowa)] on Thursday sought to add nearly $4 billion to the U.S. fight against the deadly avian flu, with most of the money to be used to stock up on an anti-viral drug.

But a Senate vote on the measure might be delayed until next week and an influential Republican, Sen. Ted Stevens of Alaska, said he would try to kill the effort.


"To compare the money we have in this bill to fund them (U.S. troops in Iraq) with funding a proposal to deal with virus ... that has not yet become a threat to human beings I think is wrong," Stevens said.

"We ought to wait for the scientists to tell us what needs to be done," Stevens added.


It was unclear whether [Senate Majority Leader Bill] Frist would support Harkin's $4 billion proposal, which comes at a time when congressional Republicans are trying to cut domestic spending to help pay for hurricane relief.

Okay then, lets just see what happens first.

Oh wait, didn't we do that with New Orleans?

Now lets do it with the lives of everyone in the nation.

What fun!


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