The White House on Tuesday walked back its proposal to rescind $252 million in unspent funding from the 2015 Ebola outbreak.

The proposal was part of a broader “rescissions” package the Trump administration sent to Congress last month aimed at clawing back $15 billion in unspent funding Congress appropriated years ago.

Why it matters: The fight against Ebola isn’t over. An ongoing Ebola outbreak in Democratic Republic of the Congo has left 27 dead. Public health experts note that Congress was slow to react to the 2015 outbreak, and argue the funds should be left untouched in case it comes to the U.S.

“We cannot afford another situation where it takes months for the United States to respond to a global outbreak of a deadly nature,” the American Society for Microbiology wrote in a letter last month to House leadership.

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