REPUB­LI­CANS GET VIG­I­LANT ON EBOLA

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“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.

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