Support for Travel Ban to Protect American Lives

This recent outbreak of Ebola has been heartbreaking. There’s no question about that. It’s infected more than 8,800 patients, and taken more than 4,400 lives in West Africa. Here in Texas, we’ve seen firsthand how quickly the virus spreads and how devastating it can be.

The Obama Administration has been frustratingly slow to respond. What we need is immediate action and real leadership, to stop Ebola’s global impact, and to eliminate the threat here in America.

Last week, I joined 12 of my Texas colleagues in a letter to the President urging him to instate an immediate travel ban to America from the three Ebola-afflicted nations: Liberia, Guinea, and Sierra Leone. This won’t eliminate all of the risk, but it will certainly help. To me, this is common sense. And many of you have shared your support too. Each day that goes by without this temporary travel ban, we put more American lives at risk.

While Ebola is certainly a concern to be taken seriously, we must also protect ourselves from a more common virus – the flu. Each year thousands of Americans die from the influenza virus. As this year’s flu season is almost upon us, I encourage everyone to take the necessary precautions to keep our families and our communities healthy.




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