<![CDATA[Bird flu funding in the Senate:
A group of Senate Democrats on Thursday sought to add nearly $4 billion to the U.S. fight against the deadly avian flu, with most of the money to be used to stock up on an anti-viral drug.
But a Senate vote on the measure might be delayed until next week and an influential Republican, Sen. Ted Stevens of Alaska, said he would try to kill the effort.
Ted Stevens is acting foolishly. We need to be preparing for this pandemic. With the record of Katrina and last year’s shortages of flu vaccine, I can’t see how in good conscious a Senator could vote against preparing for the H5N1 virus.