At a press conference with a former CDC director, he called on the other 17 candidates in the April 18 election to oppose the cuts, which he said would “undermine our national security and our health security.”
“This is an opportunity for all candidates to demonstrate good will and oppose this provision,” said Ossoff, a former Congressional aide. “Regardless of where we stand, I think all 18 of us should unify behind opposition to this part.”
The CDC sends the bulk of the money to state health agencies around the country and uses about $265 million for initiatives that target Zika, Ebola and influenza. The money also pays for staff salaries and programs to stem obesity and smoking.
With a “make Trump furious” campaign, Ossoff is looking to cement a spot in the contest. He said he’s raised more than $3 million and has attracted droves of volunteers and media attention in the most competitive race in the nation since the Republican became president.