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Dennis A. Ross

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Ross Proposes Legislation That Bans Air Flight and the Issuance of Visas in Effected Ebola Countries

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WASHINGTON, October 16, 2014 | Monica Rodriguez (202-503-8755) | comments

“I urge Speaker Boehner to call Congress back to vote on this legislation.”  

WASHINGTON, D.C. --U.S. Rep. Dennis A. Ross (R-FL-15), Senior Deputy Majority Whip, today released the following statement after drafting the Contain Ebola and Stop the Epidemic (CEASE) Act, that will restrict all flights from traveling to and from Ebola affected countries until the virus is declared to be contained and no longer a threat.

“President Obama’s comments stating that it’s ‘highly unlikely’ Ebola would reach our shores were completely wrong. Now, he is ignoring Congress’ letter requesting the restriction of air travel from countries in West Africa that are experiencing an Ebola outbreak. This is why I plan to introduce legislation that bans air travel, and also suspends the issuance of visas for travel, to the United States from countries affected by the Ebola outbreak. These bans will be lifted when the outbreak is declared to be contained and no longer a threat. I feel that discontinuing air travel is an obvious first step solution to combating Ebola in the United States. It’s frightening that our Commander in Chief presumes that Ebola will not spread in the United States and is only taking delicate precautions. Ebola has a death rate of 50%. How can you ignore this fact, and take a gambit with American lives by allowing people to travel to and from countries where the virus is quickly spreading?

“Now that two of our health care workers have contracted the virus I am putting my foot down. This legislation is a more serious approach to preventing Ebola from further infiltrating our homeland. Airport security screening is a complete smoke and mirror approach to the virus and Americans aren’t buying it. I urge my colleagues to sign onto this legislation and hope Speaker Boehner will quickly call Congress back into session to debate my legislation.”

Ross will formally introduce this legislation once congress is back in session.

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