Produced by the Agenda Project Action Fund, their one minute ad, called “Republican Cuts Kill,” deplays grueling images of body bags and workers in hazmat suits with footage of Republican Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (KY), House Speaker John Boehner (OH), Rand Paul (KY) and other elected Republicans calling for spending cuts. It also features 2014 Republican Senate candidates Tom Cotton of Arkansas, Bill Cassidy of Louisiana, Cory Gardner of Colorado, and Pat Roberts of Kansas.
“Our goal is for every single American citizen to understand the role Republican anti-government fanatics played in the Ebola panic and in the death of literally thousands of people around the world,” said Erica Payne, producer of ‘Republican Cuts Kill. “Republicans are like rabid dogs in a butcher shop. Their militant hatred of our government has consumed any common sense they might have once possessed. It is a sad day when people who are supposed to represent the public good deliberately gut programs that could protect our country from killers like the Ebola virus. CDC, NIH, and USAID have seen their budgets slashed by Republicans. Thousands of people have died as a result.”
U.S. health officials have said budget cuts have impacted healthcare and hampered their ability to address the Ebola crisis.
Director of National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Anthony Fauci, in his Senate testimony said, “[Budget cuts have] both in an acute and a chronic, insidious way eroded our ability to respond in the way that I and my colleagues would like to see us be able to respond to these emerging threats. And in my institute particularly, [proper funds are] responsible for responding on the dime to an emerging infectious disease threat, [so these cuts are] is particularly damaging.”