Pressure is building on President Obama to ban flights from West African nations that are battling Ebola, as concerns mount about the disease spreading within the United States.
Administration officials have resisted a flight ban thus far, arguing it would make it harder to deliver relief supplies to the countries where the virus is running rampant.
Speaker John BoehnerJohn BoehnerLast Congress far from ‘do-nothing’ Top aide: Obama worried about impeachment for Syria actions An anti-government ideologue like Mulvaney shouldn't run OMB MORE (R-Ohio) says a flight ban is something the president should consider, adding that he already has the authority needed to put such restrictions in place.
“The president has the authority to take this action right now. The House will continue to conduct rigorous oversight, which, along with discussions with our members, will help inform our path forward as we continue to assess the administration’s response,” BoehnerJohn BoehnerLast Congress far from ‘do-nothing’ Top aide: Obama worried about impeachment for Syria actions An anti-government ideologue like Mulvaney shouldn't run OMB MORE spokesman Kevin Smith said.
Here’s a look at where lawmakers stand on the travel ban. (Check back often, this list will be updated. Please send tips/feedback to email@example.com.)
— This story was last updated on Oct. 21 at 4:04 p.m.
LAWMAKERS IN FAVOR OF TRAVEL BAN
House (74 total; 65 Republicans, nine Democrats)
Rep. Lou BarlettaLou BarlettaCongress asserts itself Trump’s 10 biggest allies in Congress Overnight Finance: Trump expected to pick Steven Mnuchin for Treasury | Budget chair up for grabs | Trump team gets deal on Carrier jobs MORE (R-Pa.) — Barletta said Oct. 15 that the Obama administration should "enforce a ban on inbound travelers originating in countries affected by the growing Ebola outbreak."
Rep. Andy BarrAndy BarrHow we can boost the economy through foreign direct investment Wells Fargo scandal strikes fear into smaller rivals Consumer bureau remains partisan target after Wells Fargo settlement MORE (R-Ky.)
Rep. John BarrowJohn BarrowDem files Ethics complaint on Benghazi panel Barrow thanks staff in farewell speech The best and the worst of the midterms MORE (D-Ga.) — Barrow said Oct. 16 a travel ban "is basic, with no real unmanageable consequences, and just makes too much common sense not to do."
Rep. Joe Barton (R-Texas)
Rep. Marsha BlackburnMarsha BlackburnFive key players for Trump on tech Jeff Sessions will protect life Overnight Tech: Trump meets Alibaba founder | Uber to make some data public | GOP Lawmakers tapped for key tech panels MORE (R-Tenn.)
Rep. Charles BoustanyCharles BoustanyIll. rep named new chairman for House tax-policy subcommittee Clay Higgins wins La. House seat Louisiana dishes last serving of political gumbo MORE Jr. (R-La.) — Boustany said Oct. 16 "all options must be on the table, including short-term limitations on flights into the United States from at-risk countries, until we can get the spread of this disease under control."
Rep. Susan BrooksSusan BrooksGOP recruitment goal: More women on ticket Overnight Tech: Trump meets Alibaba founder | Uber to make some data public | GOP Lawmakers tapped for key tech panels Diane Black named interim Budget chair MORE (R-Ind.) — Brooks signed an Oct. 15 letter with other lawmakers on the House Homeland Security Committee.
Rep. Michael BurgessMichael BurgessTrump opens can of worms with blast at drugmakers Overnight Tech: Trump meets Alibaba founder | Uber to make some data public | GOP Lawmakers tapped for key tech panels Pentagon's suppressed waste report only tip of the inefficient machine MORE (R-Texas) — Burgess said Oct. 16 he supports a floor vote on the issue.
Rep. Bradley Byrne (R-Ala.) — Byrne said Oct. 16 "a travel ban would help to halt new cases of Ebola from entering our country and allow our medical community to focus on stopping the spread based on the current cases."
Rep. Mike Coffman (R-Colo.)
Rep. Tom Cole (R-Okla.)
Rep. Paul Cook (R-Calif.)
Rep. Steve Daines (R-Mont.)
Rep. Ron DeSantis (R-Fla.)
Rep. Jeff Duncan (R-S.C.) — Duncan signed an Oct. 15 letter with other lawmakers on the House Homeland Security Committee.
Rep. John Duncan Jr. (R-Tenn.) — Duncan said Oct. 14, “[T]he president should immediately ban travelers who originated from countries where there is an Ebola outbreak from entering the United States until this threat has passed."
Rep. Renee Ellmers (R-N.C.)
Rep. Mike Fitzpatrick (R-Pa.)
Rep. Randy ForbesRandy ForbesWhy there's only one choice for Trump's Navy secretary Trump likely to tap business executive to head Navy: report Congress asserts itself MORE (R-Va.) — Forbes said Oct. 16, "[T]he U.S. government needs to immediately implement temporary travel restrictions to and from the West African countries experiencing Ebola outbreaks."
Rep. Tulsi GabbardTulsi GabbardOvernight Defense: Obama defends Manning commutation after backlash | Mattis clears Senate panel Gabbard makes secret trip to Syria Ten rumored Trump Cabinet picks who didn't get a job MORE (D-Hawaii)
Rep. Bob Gibbs (R-Ohio)
Rep. Louie GohmertLouie GohmertGohmert: Dems should be grateful they aren’t being punished for sit-in Ryan reelected Speaker in near-unanimous GOP vote GOP rep: Obama 'exactly wrong on everything' MORE (R-Texas)
Rep. Michael Grimm (R-N.Y.)
Rep. Gregg Harper (R-Miss.)
Rep. Andy Harris (R-Md.) — Harris said Oct. 16 "[T]he Administration should impose some level of travel ban pending the creation of protocols that will protect healthcare workers and all Americans."
Rep. George Holding (R-N.C.)
Rep. Richard Hudson (R-N.C.) — Hudson signed an Oct. 15 letter with other lawmakers on the House Homeland Security Committee.
Rep. Tim Huelskamp (R-Kan.)
Rep. Lynn Jenkins (R-Kan.)
Rep. Sam JohnsonSam JohnsonJuan Williams: The real fight is over entitlements Week ahead: Senate ramps up work on ObamaCare repeal; Nominees on hot seat Ill. rep named new chairman for House tax-policy subcommittee MORE (R-Texas)
Rep. Walter Jones (R-N.C.) — Jones tweeted Oct. 3, "[T]here needs to be a travel ban on non-citizens coming into the US from Ebola-stricken countries. It's common sense."
Rep. David Joyce (R-Ohio)
Rep. Mike Kelly (R-Pa.)
Rep. Pete King (R-N.Y.) — King signed an Oct. 15 letter with other lawmakers on the House Homeland Security Committee.
Rep. Doug Lamborn (R-Colo.) — Lamborn said Oct. 16 he is in favor of a "temporary civilian travel ban" enforced by "revoking all visas for the countries currently struggling with Ebola."
Rep. Leonard Lance (R-N.J.)
Rep. Dave Loebsack (D-Iowa)
Rep. Kenny Marchant (R-Texas)
Rep. Tom Marino (R-Pa.)
Rep. Michael McCaul (R-Texas) — McCaul is chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee.
Rep. Cathy McMorris RodgersCathy McMorris RodgersGOP waiting to hear from Trump on ObamaCare GOP recruitment goal: More women on ticket Crowd boos GOP rep at MLK Day event over ObamaCare repeal MORE (R-Wash.) — McMorris Rodgers is chairwoman of the House GOP conference.
Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.)
Rep. Candice Miller (R-Mich.) — Miller signed an Oct. 15 letter with other lawmakers on the House Homeland Security Committee.
Rep. Shelley Moore CapitoShelley Moore CapitoFive takeaways from Pruitt's EPA hearing Last Congress far from ‘do-nothing’ Senators introduce dueling miners bills MORE (R-W.Va.) — Moore Capito is running for the Senate seat that is being vacated by Sen. Jay RockefellerJay RockefellerObama to preserve torture report in presidential papers Lobbying world Overnight Tech: Senators place holds on FCC commissioner MORE (D-W.Va.) at the end of the year.
Rep. Tim Murphy (R-Pa.) — Murphy said temperature checks at airports would not be enough to stop Ebola.
Rep. Steven Palazzo (R-Miss.)
Rep. Scott Peters (D-Calif.) — Peters is in a tough reelection race against former San Diego City Councilman Carl DeMaio.
Rep. Robert Pittenger (R-N.C.)
Rep. Bill Posey (R-Fla.)
Rep. Nick RahallNick RahallWest Virginia is no longer Clinton country Solution needed: Rail congestion is stifling economic growth Lobbying World MORE (D-W.Va.) — Rahall is one of the most endangered Democratic incumbents in the House.
Rep. Dennis Ross (R-Fla.)— Ross said Oct. 16 he would file a bill.
Rep. Ed Royce (R-Calif.) — Royce said Oct. 16 that Secretary of State John KerryJohn KerryKerry and his dog stroll through women's march Trump fails to mention Clinton in inaugural address Hillary Clinton under microscope at inauguration MORE should suspend the issuance of visas to non-U.S. citizens who are attempting to travel from West African countries.
Rep. Steve Scalise (R-La.) — The House majority whip said he supports a travel ban during a post-hearing press conference on Oct. 16.
Rep. David Scott (D-Ga.) — Scott said on Oct. 14 flights to West Africa should be banned “until we get our arms around the situation.”
Rep. Pete Sessions (R-Texas)
Rep. Carol Shea-Porter (D-N.H.) — Shea-Porter is facing a challenge from former Rep. Frank Guinta (R-N.H.).
Rep. Bill Shuster (R-Pa.) — Shuster said a flight ban would be “reasonable and timely” in an Oct. 15 letter.
Rep. Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.)
Rep. Adrian Smith (R-Neb.)
Rep. Lamar Smith (R-Texas)
Rep. Steve Southerland (R-Fla.)
Rep. Steve Stivers (R-Ohio)
Rep. Lee Terry (R-Neb.)
Rep. Greg Walden (R-Ore.)
Rep. Lynn Westmoreland (R-Ga.) — Westmoreland said Oct. 16 he joins "many of my colleagues in requesting a travel ban that includes screening of visas from countries where the outbreak is occurring, specifically West Africa."
Senate (15 total; 13 Republicans, two Democrats)
Sen. Ted CruzTed CruzTrump's America: Businessmen in, bureaucrats out When Trump says 'Make America Great Again,' he means it Booker is taking orders from corporate pharmaceuticals MORE (R-Texas) — Cruz said a travel ban is “common sense.”
Sen. Kay HaganKay Hagan Former Sen. Kay Hagan in ICU after being rushed to hospital GOP senator floats retiring over gridlock 2016’s battle for the Senate: A shifting map MORE (D-N.C.) — Hagan is in a closely watched battle for reelection.
Sen. Mike JohannsMike JohannsTo buy a Swiss company, ChemChina must pass through Washington Republican senator vows to block nominees over ObamaCare co-ops Revisiting insurance regulatory reform in a post-crisis world MORE (R-Neb.)
Sen. Mitch McConnellMitch McConnellSenate confirms first nominees of Trump era The new Washington elite schmoozes over lunch Trump takes first official acts at signing ceremony MORE (R-Ky.) — McConnell, who is up for reelection, said Oct. 15 "it would be a good idea to discontinue flights from that part of the world.”
Sen. Bill NelsonBill NelsonLive coverage: Senators grill Trump's Treasury pick Trump's Commerce pick admits to unknowingly hiring undocumented worker Senate Democrats brace for Trump era MORE (D-Fla.) — Nelson wrote a letter to Kerry calling for a temporary flight ban until the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) clears West African travel.
Sen. Pat RobertsPat RobertsOvernight Finance: Scoop – Trump team eyes dramatic spending cuts | Treasury pick survives stormy hearing Hearing derailed after senator suggests colleague needs Valium Live coverage: Senators grill Trump's Treasury pick MORE (R-Kan.) — Roberts called Oct. 14 for "an immediate travel ban from countries in West Africa currently ravaged by the deadly virus."
Sen. Marco RubioMarco RubioGOP, Dems hear different things from Trump Senate committee to vote Monday on Tillerson Tillerson met with top State official: report MORE (R-Fla.) — Rubio said Oct. 16 "the State Department should institute a temporary ban on new visas to non-U.S. nationals seeking to travel to the United States from Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea."
Sen. David VitterDavid VitterLobbying World Bottom Line Republicans add three to Banking Committee MORE (R-La.) — Vitter said Oct. 16 that President Obama should fire CDC Director Tom Frieden and "put someone strong and competent in charge, and impose travel restrictions into the U.S. — all immediately."
LAWMAKERS AGAINST TRAVEL BAN
House (13 total, all Democrats)
Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-Texas)
Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-Texas) — Cuellar said he's "pleased" with the administration's strategy of screening travelers and evaluating healthcare protocols to combat Ebola for now. He added that he is leaving all options on the table, and would support a ban down the line if he thought it was necessary.
Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) — Ellison tweeted Oct. 16 that a travel ban would be a "bad idea" because it "stops health care workers critical to fighting Ebola [and] encourages people to lie about travel."
Rep. Gene GreenGene GreenLawmakers worry ObamaCare fight could suck air from other priorities Midwest Dems feel left out in cold Overnight Healthcare: Hospitals plot attack against ObamaCare repeal MORE (D-Texas) — Green said he supports "the work the administration is doing right now" to rein in the disease.
Rep. Sheila Jackson LeeSheila Jackson-LeeEx-rep admires furs amid PETA inaugural gala CBC to Trump: Keep Richard Cordray, ensure the protection of American consumers Pamela Anderson, Mary Matalin to co-host PETA inaugural ball MORE (D-Texas) — Jackson Lee said U.S. officials should focus their efforts on enhanced health screenings.
Rep. Jim MathesonJim MathesonNew president, new Congress, new opportunity First black GOP woman in Congress wins reelection Lobbying world MORE (D-Utah) — Matheson said Oct. 16 he is leaning against supporting a travel ban. He said, "[I]f you do an outright ban, you're going to have people start avoiding traditional travel channels to move from country to country, and you can't monitor that at all."
Rep. Gwen MooreGwen MooreCummings: I will attend Trump's inauguration CBC to Trump: Keep Richard Cordray, ensure the protection of American consumers Democrat explains why she's going to Trump's inauguration MORE (D-Wis.) — Moore said a travel ban “will only exacerbate the epidemic.”
Rep. John Sarbanes (D-Md.) — Sarbanes said Oct. 16, "[A]t this point, I'm going to follow the guidance that's being provided by the experts and by the scientists."
Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.) — Schakowsky said Oct. 16, "[W]e can eliminate flights, but I don't think we can eliminate people from coming here. ... Do we really want to essentially quarantine West Africa so that people have a hard time coming or going? ... We cannot build a wall around the United States."
Rep. Marc Veasey (D-Texas)
Rep. Henry Waxman (D-Calif.) — Waxman said Oct. 16, "[The ban] doesn't make sense because that's not the biggest problem we need to deal with, keeping people from traveling. We've got to stop the epidemic [by taking steps] to identify the people with Ebola, isolate them, find the people who have been exposed to them, and track them very carefully, whether that's in Africa or in the United States."
Rep. Peter WelchPeter WelchLawmakers join women's marches in DC and nationwide Five areas where Trump and Dems could make a deal Overnight Tech: Trump meets with AT&T, Google execs | Pompeo and Wyden battle | Dem's new House E&C roster MORE (D-Vt.) — Welch said Oct. 16, "Congress is now apparently made up of 435 doctors. We ought to be taking the advice of the medical community. ... And the medical community — including Doctors Without Borders — are much more in favor of restrictions and monitoring as being more effective than a ban, which has psychological appeal but, by experience, doesn't work as well."
Rep. John YarmuthJohn YarmuthWHIP LIST: More than 60 Dems boycotting Trump's inauguration House Dems call on OMB to analyze Senate budget plan Congress to clear path for Mattis MORE (D-Ky.) — Yarmuth said Oct. 16, "I'm not quite sure I'm there yet. I understand the rationale from the administration for opposing it. I think I'd like to get a little bit more information."
Senate (One total, Democrat)
Sen. Chris CoonsChris CoonsTrump, Democrats can bridge divide to make college more affordable Senate Dems urge Sessions to abstain from voting on Trump’s Cabinet picks Booker to vote against Tillerson MORE (D-Del.)