Politicians Demand Temporary Travel Ban, Why Does Administration Resist?

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Public health officials have been nearly unanimous in rejecting the idea of a travel ban between the United States and the West African countries at the epicenter of the Ebola outbreak. But the drumbeat from politicians demanding Ebola-related restrictions on travel intensified Friday as a number of moderate Democrats joined the chorus, including Sen. Kay Hagan of North Carolina, who is enmeshed in a tough reelection fight, Rep. Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii and Michelle Nunn, who is running for Senate in Georgia. “I support a temporary travel ban with the exceptions of our medical and military personnel in those affected areas in West Africa,” Nunn said Friday in an interview with The Washington Post. Dozens of legislators have called for travel to be suspended from Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone, the countries most affected by Ebola. Nunn and the others join a growing number of lawmakers from both sides of the aisle, including House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) and Sen. Bill Nelson (D-Fla.), who have called for a ban on travel from the three West African countries. Flights from those countries typically involve a layover in Europe before heading to the United States. “We believe a temporary travel ban for such individuals who live in or have traveled from certain West African countries is reasonable and timely,” Rep. Bill Shuster (R-Pa.) and Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.) said in a joint statement. via The Washington Post.

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