Great news! The Senate Appropriations Committee has recommended approving $900 million in emergency flu funding. Even more importantly, the Committee has recognized the importance of hiring PHL staff. Taken from the report itself:
“The Committee notes that the economic downturn has forced States and local governments to lay off public health laboratories and other public health professionals.”
The House Appropriations Committee has already taken similar action by adding $350 million for State and local government capacity building in its version of the emergency flu funding bill. Their report also references the impact of the lay offs.