Rep. McNerney Says He is Taking Action on Ebola, Does Not Rule Out Travel Ban
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Jerry McNerney announced Saturday that he is taking action and issued the following statement on the recent cases of Ebola in the U.S.:
“I am monitoring the situation with regards to the current Ebola outbreak. My primary concern is the health and safety of our families and health care workers. I will be meeting with officials from several area hospitals to review their preparedness and make sure we make available every possible federal resource to help them.
“My Committee, Energy and Commerce, has jurisdiction over health care, and I will press the CDC to be ready to prevent the spread of this disease in America. We must continue to work towards more accurate and thorough screening procedures to keep new cases from reaching our shores. I am encouraged by the appointment of Ron Klain to lead the U.S. response to the outbreak. Mr. Klain must bring together all the appropriate federal agencies to minimize any further spread of Ebola here at home, and engage with West African authorities to contain the epidemic at its source.”
As a follow up, we asked the Congressman’s staff where he stood on a travel ban from countries impacted by Ebola.
According to Michael Cavaiola, Communications Director for the Congressman, McNerney is not ruling anything out at this time.
“The Congressman will not rule out any option that prevents more Americans from getting sick,” said Cavaiola. “Health officials have been asked in the press about a travel ban so I’ll refer you to their answers on that, but Rep. McNerney will be asking his own questions of the CDC and the administration to make sure they are doing everything possible.”