The spread of the Ebola virus is a global health threat and the last thing anyone should do is attempt to use the situation as an opportunity to gain political points. But ladies and gentlemen this is the real world and sadly, Democrats and their friends in the media have made this a Parisian political game by shamelessly placing blame on Republicans for the spread of the Ebola virus in the United States. In response, Speaker Boehner’s office released a list of actions that have been taken in the House regarding Ebola.
September 9: Introduced a short-term continuing resolution containing provisions to address the Ebola outbreak. The full House passed the measure on September 17.
Armed Services & Appropriations
September 25: Announced the release of $50 million to support Operation United Assistance, the Department of Defense-led mission to combat the Ebola outbreak.
October 9: Announced the release of an additional $700 million to support Operation United Assistance.
Energy & Commerce
September 12: Sent a letter to HHS Secretary Sylvia Burwell seeking more information regarding the Ebola outbreak and preparedness efforts.
October 16: Held a subcommittee hearing examining the U.S. public health response to the Ebola outbreak, with testimony from the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and other administration officials.
August 7: Held a subcommittee hearing to examine global efforts to combat the Ebola outbreak, with testimony from the director of the CDC and other administration officials.
September 17: Held a subcommittee hearing to examine global efforts to combat the Ebola outbreak, with testimony from administration officials.
October 15: Sent a letter to the State Department calling for the immediate suspension of the issuance of visas for non-U.S. nationals in Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone.
September 16: Sent a letter to the Secretary of Homeland Security inquiring about inbound international screening procedures and training for Customs and Border Protection personnel.
October 10: Held a field hearing at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport to examine the coordinated federal, state and local response to the Ebola case in Dallas, Texas.
October 10: Sent a letter to the Commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection requesting enhanced entry screening at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport and George Bush Intercontinental Airport.
October 15: Sent a letter urging the president to re-establish the position of Special Assistant to the President for Biodefense Policy.
October 15: Sent a letter calling on the Departments of State and Homeland Security to temporarily suspend the visas of individuals from Liberia, Guinea, and Sierra Leone.
Transportation & Infrastructure
October 14: Sent a letter calling on the Departments of Transportation and Homeland Security to institute a temporary travel ban for affected West African countries.
The list will continue to be updated here: http://m.speaker.gov/ebola#sthash.5OS6INuz.dpuf