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Taking out the Flu Pandemic Money

April 27, 2009 - by Donny Shaw

I always love showing off our bill text comparison tool, which displays changes to bills as they go through the legislative process in crossed-out red for striken text and green for text that has been added. The Huffington Post’s reporting that the GOP stripped flue pandemic preparedness money from the stimulus (H.R. 1 ) gives me a perfect opportunity to do so.

Taking a quick look at the Senate amendment (2) version that was pushed by Sen. Susan Collins [R, ME], Sen. Ben Nelson [D, NE] and other moderates makes it clear that funds for preparing and responding to a potential flu pandemics was included in the base bill, but removed subsequently by the amendment. Click the link above, click “show changes,” and do a page find search for “influenza.” Here’s a screen shot:

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