Washington Memo 2019 Year in Review: Health/Wellbeing

Together we advocated towards health and well-being for all.

Responding to Ebola

Earlier this year the Trump administration put restrictions on assistance to some countries as a result of their record on human trafficking. The Democratic Republic of the Congo was one of those countries.

While well-intended, the restrictions have prevented some U.S. funding from being disbursed to fight the Ebola outbreak in DR Congo. The outbreak is the second worst in the disease’s history.

Sen. Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) introduced the Ebola Eradication Act (S. 1340), to grant a waiver so the aid could be released. But the bill needed Republican support.

Our staff met with a number of Republican offices, sharing stories from DR Congo. Grassroots constituents also reached out to their senators.

Soon afterwards, Sen. Todd Young (R-Ind.) and Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.) added their names as cosponsors. On September 23 the Senate passed the Ebola Eradication Act.