REPUBLICANS GET VIGILANT ON EBOLA
“I would strongly encourage the Department of State to immediately institute a temporary suspension of consular services — particularly the issuance of visas — for non-U.S. nationals in Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone, the West Africa countries most heavily impacted by this outbreak. This is a reasonable and immediately implementable containment measure,” writes House Committee on Foreign Affairs chairman Rep. Ed Royce in a newly released open letter to Secretary of State John Kerry.
Pro-active concern has heightened. Multiple polls now reveal that the public is keen on restricting travel to West African nations burdened with the disease — and an increasing number of lawmakers agree with them, mostly from the Grand Old Party. An ongoing analysis from The Hill finds that 39 Republican members of the House and five senators now urge President Obama to approve a travel ban. Among Democrats, six representatives and a single senator agree.
“A temporary ban on travel to the United States from countries afflicted with the virus is something that the president should absolutely consider along with any other appropriate actions as doubts about the security of our air travel systems grow,” says House Speaker John Boehner.
“The administration must be able to assure Americans that we will stop the spread here at home. We will continue to press the administration for better information about what steps will be taken to protect the American people, including our troops, from this deadly virus. And we will work with the administration on appropriate policy options that will help stop the spread of this horrific disease both here in the United States and around the globe,” Mr. Boehner adds.