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Congresswoman Karen Bass

Representing the 37th District of California

Rep. Bass Responds To W.H.O. Declaring Global Health Emergency For Growing Ebola Epidemic

July 17, 2019
Press Release
WASHINGTON – Today, Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.), Chair of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Africa, released the following statement after the World Health Organization issued a global health emergency for the Ebola epidemic in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

"At the beginning of this month, I held a hearing to examine the scope of the Ebola outbreak and what the United States government has done thus far to combat the latest Ebola epidemic,” said Rep. Bass. “The World Health Organization’s global health emergency declaration should shake the consciousness of the international community. I hope that this declaration will bring the international attention that this crisis deserves, including increased resources from the international community to tackle the outbreak. The United States should do everything in its power, legislatively but also in the Executive Branch, to act fast to mitigate risk that this disease spreads. My thoughts are with the people of the Democratic Republic of Congo at this time. We will beat this disease. Again.”

In June, Rep. Karen Bass introduced the “Ebola Eradication Act of 2019”, which would authorize the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) to assist with Ebola eradication efforts in the Democratic Republic of Congo at levels commensurate with both the threat posed by the Ebola outbreak and an effective response. After introduction of this legislation, additional development funding was released for efforts in DRC. Rep. Bass also held a hearing to examine the scope of the Ebola outbreak and what can be done to combat it.