The Agenda Project is a US liberal advocacy group, founded by author and strategist, Erica Payne.
Payne claims that thousands of deaths overseas due to Ebola, were due to Republican policies towards cutting government spending.
Payne said that there's "no question" that the Ebola death on U.S. soil would not have happened if Republicans weren't so focused on cutting government spending.
Both the CDC and NIH were impacted by the sequester, across-the-board spending cuts that went into effect in 2013 when Republicans and Democrats in Congress could not come to an agreement on specific cuts that would offset the automatic slashing.
The National Institute of Health (NIH) Budget summary for 2000-2013 seems to show that spending for the NIH went up in the years Republicans controlled the White House, and has only gone down since Democrats took the White House.
Just bottom line numbers from the PDF:
year: 2000 | 2001 | 2002 | 2003 | 2004 | 2005 | 2006 total: 17,813,739 | 20,513,056 | 23,188,233 | 26,739,904 | 28,099,772 | 28,626,151 | 28,532,979 year: 2007 | 2008 | 2009 | 2010 | 2011 | 2012 | 2013 total: 29,033,869 | 29,319,954 | 30,206,690 | 31,036,218 | 30,630,328 | 30,802,123 | 29,129,085 (numbers in thousands, so first number is 17.8 billion US$)
- Did cuts happen to the NIH and CDC?
- Have those cuts hurt the CDC's and NIH's effort to fight ebola?
- Were those cuts due to Republican policies?