The administration is asking Congress for more than $6 billion in emergency funds to battle Ebola in West Africa and to ramp up protection of Americans at home.

The request includes $4.64 billion for immediate needs and $1.54 billion in contingency funding “to ensure there are resources available to respond to this evolving epidemic both domestically and internationally,” President Obama said in a letter to House Speaker John Boehner.

“My foremost priority is to protect the health and safety of Americans, and this request supports all necessary steps to fortify our domestic health system and prevent any outbreaks at home,” Obama wrote.

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