For Immediate Release
Wednesday, November 12, 2014
Funding a Must for Response to Public Health Emergencies
AFSCME Supports Emergency Funding to Address Ebola CrisisWashington, D.C. —
AFSCME Pres. Lee Saunders issued the following statement in support of the administration’s request for emergency funding to respond to the Ebola crisis.
“AFSCME urges Congress to support the President’s emergency funding request of $6.18 billion to fight Ebola abroad and respond to it here at home.
“We’ve already seen that our public health system is not prepared for the challenge of Ebola or any public health crisis – as demonstrated by the outbreak of H1N1 and avian flu. The sequester and other recent cuts in funding to state and local governments caused our weak public health infrastructure to crumble further.
“Protecting the workers who will be on the front lines of this fight must be a top priority. Health and safety standards and CDC guidelines must be followed and enforced. Protective equipment must be available and all workers who may be exposed – including doctors and nurses, paramedics, lab technicians and custodians – must be trained to reduce their risk of infection.
“Congress should step up and ensure that we can meet the Ebola challenge, as President Obama proposed.”