List: Lawmakers backing travel ban


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.

But lawmakers, in growing numbers, are pushing Obama to reverse course, and polls show the idea has strong public support.

Speaker John BoehnerJohn Andrew Boehner4 reasons Mike Pompeo will succeed at Foggy Bottom The misunderstood reason Congress can’t get its job done GOP sees McCarthy moving up — if GOP loses the House 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 Andrew Boehner4 reasons Mike Pompeo will succeed at Foggy Bottom The misunderstood reason Congress can’t get its job done GOP sees McCarthy moving up — if GOP loses the House 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

— This story was last updated on Oct. 21 at 4:04 p.m.


House (74 total; 65 Republicans, nine Democrats)

Rep. Lou BarlettaLouis (Lou) James BarlettaLawmakers push prevention measures ahead of new wildfire season Judges refuse GOP request to block new Pa. district boundaries House GOP frets over Pennsylvania race 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 BarrGarland (Andy) Hale BarrDemocrats must stop sabotaging candidates who can win in 2018 The Hill's 12:30 Report Pence to promote GOP candidates in Iowa, Kentucky and Nebraska MORE (R-Ky.)

Rep. John BarrowJohn Jenkins BarrowOur democracy can’t afford to cut legal aid services from the budget Dem files Ethics complaint on Benghazi panel Barrow thanks staff in farewell speech 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 BlackburnOvernight Tech: Lawmakers zero in on Zuckerberg | AT&T, DOJ preview trial arguments | First lady vows to tackle cyberbullying Three states where Dems can pick up Senate seats Ex-Tennessee gov's Senate campaign notifies FBI of potential hack MORE (R-Tenn.)

Rep. Charles BoustanyCharles William BoustanyDems face hard choice for State of the Union response Americans worried about retirement should look to employee ownership Top Lobbyists 2017: Hired Guns 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 Wiant BrooksGun protests sweep nation as House passes school safety bill House passes school safety bill amid gun protests Dems call for investigation into lawmakers who sleep at the Capitol MORE (R-Ind.) — Brooks signed an Oct. 15 letter with other lawmakers on the House Homeland Security Committee. 

Rep. Michael BurgessMichael Clifton BurgessOvernight Regulation: Senate passes Dodd-Frank rollback | SEC charges Theranos CEO with 'massive fraud' | Former Equifax exec charged with insider trading | FEC proposes changing digital ad rules Overnight Health Care: CEO of insurer lobby group stepping down | SEC charges Theranos founder with 'massive fraud' | Abortion fight holds up health deal House panel to examine 25 opioid bills next week 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. Stephen FincherStephen Lee FincherCorker 'listening closely' to calls to reconsider retirement GOP Senate candidate fundraising lags behind Dems in key races Senate campaign fundraising reports roll in MORE (R-Tenn.) 

Rep. Mike Fitzpatrick (R-Pa.)

Rep. John FlemingJohn Calvin FlemingCoast Guard suspends search for missing Ohio plane Freedom Caucus member to bring up bill on impeaching IRS chief GOP seeks to make it 52 MORE (R-La.) 

Rep. Randy ForbesJames (Randy) Randy ForbesToo much ‘can do,’ not enough candor Trump makes little headway filling out Pentagon jobs Why there's only one choice for Trump's Navy secretary 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 GabbardCongress, leave no H-1Bs behind Top general: Countering Iran in Syria not a US military mission Hawaii reps call for hearing on missile alerts after false alarm MORE (D-Hawaii) 

Rep. Scott GarrettErnest (Scott) Scott GarrettFive things lawmakers want attached to the trillion funding bill Bipartisan group of House lawmakers urge action on Export-Import Bank nominees Manufacturers press Senate to approve Ex-Im board members MORE (R-N.J.)

Rep. Bob Gibbs (R-Ohio)

Rep. Louie GohmertLouis (Louie) Buller Gohmert13 House Republicans call on Sessions to appoint second special counsel Politicians, faith leaders react to passing of Billy Graham Eleven lawmakers have used campaign funds to pay NRA dues: report MORE (R-Texas)

Rep. Paul GosarPaul Anthony Gosar13 House Republicans call on Sessions to appoint second special counsel Week ahead: Lawmakers put spotlight on energy infrastructure House Oversight a gavel no one wants MORE (R-Ariz.)

Rep. Alan GraysonAlan Mark GraysonPolitiFact cancels Alan Grayson hire after backlash Eighth Franken accuser comes forward as Dems call for resignation Pennsylania Dems file ethics complaint against Rep. Barletta MORE (D-Fla.)

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 JohnsonSamuel (Sam) Robert JohnsonWatchdog: Social Security acting head hasn't been authorized to serve for months Five things to watch for in Texas primaries Millionaires should pay their fair share of Social Security payroll taxes 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 RodgersHouse passes school safety bill amid gun protests House GOP frets over Pennsylvania race House poised to pass school safety measure 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 Wellons Moore CapitoLawmakers propose boosting park funding with oil money Lawmakers trade barbs, torch Trump at DC soiree Overnight Health Care: Senators unveil bipartisan opioid bill | DOJ to seek reimbursements from opioid companies | Groups looking to end AIDS fear losing ground under Trump MORE (R-W.Va.) — Moore Capito is running for the Senate seat that is being vacated by Sen. Jay RockefellerJohn (Jay) Davison RockefellerSenate GOP rejects Trump’s call to go big on gun legislation Overnight Tech: Trump nominates Dem to FCC | Facebook pulls suspected baseball gunman's pages | Uber board member resigns after sexist comment Trump nominates former FCC Dem for another term 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 Joe RahallWe shouldn't allow politics to impede disaster relief Break the cycle of partisanship with infant, child health care programs Clinton mulls role in 2018 midterms 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 Forbes KerryKentucky candidate takes heat for tweeting he'd like to use congressman for target practice Breitbart editor: Biden's son inked deal with Chinese government days after vice president’s trip State lawmakers pushing for carbon taxes aimed at the poor MORE should suspend the issuance of visas to non-U.S. citizens who are attempting to travel from West African countries. 

Rep. Matt SalmonMatthew (Matt) James SalmonQuiet jockeying for McCain seat angers Republicans McSally tells GOP colleagues she'll run for Arizona Senate GOP Senate hopeful Kelli Ward leads challengers in internal poll MORE (R-Ariz.)

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. Steve StockmanStephen (Steve) Ernest StockmanTrump's right — to prevent gun violence, don't disarm our military What Stoneman Douglas activists can learn from Bill Clinton’s assault weapons ban SpaceX launch is step one in a new American-dominated space race MORE (R-Texas)

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." 

Rep. Roger WilliamsJohn (Roger) Roger WilliamsHouse Republicans warming to Senate deal on Dodd-Frank Overnight Finance: Trump expected to sign tariffs Thursday | GOP fears post-Cohn White House | House conservatives warm to Senate deal to ease Dodd-Frank | SEC wants crypto exchanges to register Gun debate: Here are the proposals that Congress is considering MORE (R-Texas)

Rep. Ted YohoTheodore (Ted) Scott YohoAmerica cannot afford to be left behind on global development Congress, fight global poverty by modernizing our private-sector tools To end sugar subsidies, conservatives can't launch a frontal attack MORE (R-Fla.)


Senate (15 total; 13 Republicans, two Democrats)

Sen. Roy BluntRoy Dean BluntSpending talks face new pressure Senate GOP shoots down bill blocking Trump tariffs Senate Republicans float legislation to reverse Trump tariffs MORE (R-Mo.)

Sen. Saxby ChamblissClarence (Saxby) Saxby ChamblissLobbying World Former GOP senator: Let Dems engage on healthcare bill OPINION: Left-wing politics will be the demise of the Democratic Party MORE (R-Ga.) 

Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzCruz says Cambridge Analytica assured him its practices were legal Dem battling Cruz in Texas: ‘I can understand how people think this is crazy’ Overnight Tech: Facebook faces crisis over Cambridge Analytica data | Lawmakers demand answers | What to watch for next | Day one of AT&T's merger trial | Self-driving Uber car kills pedestrian MORE (R-Texas) — Cruz said a travel ban is “common sense.”

Sen. Chuck GrassleyCharles (Chuck) Ernest GrassleyGOP senator blocking Trump's Intel nominee GOP leaders to Trump: Leave Mueller alone GOP leaders back second special counsel MORE (R-Iowa) 

Sen. Kay HaganKay Ruthven HaganSenate GOP rejects Trump’s call to go big on gun legislation Politics is purple in North Carolina Democrats can win North Carolina just like Jimmy Carter did in 1976 MORE (D-N.C.) — Hagan is in a closely watched battle for reelection. 

Sen. James InhofeJames (Jim) Mountain InhofeSenators to Trump: Keep pressure on North Korea while exploring talks Why did this administration back the Palestine Liberation Organization in terrorism case? Overnight Defense: Top general says countering Iran in Syria isn't US mission | Trump, Boeing reach 'informal' agreement for new Air Force One | Chair warns of Russian mercenaries in Syria MORE (R-Okla.)

Sen. Johnny IsaksonJohn (Johnny) Hardy IsaksonKey Republicans back VA secretary as talk of firing escalates Frustrated Republicans accuse Paul of forcing pointless shutdown Budget deal is brimming with special tax breaks MORE (R-Ga.)

Sen. Mike JohannsMichael (Mike) Owen JohannsFarmers, tax incentives can ease the pain of a smaller farm bill Lobbying World To buy a Swiss company, ChemChina must pass through Washington MORE (R-Neb.)

Sen. Mark KirkMark Steven KirkHigh stakes as Trump heads to Hill Five things to watch for at Trump-Senate GOP meeting Giffords, Scalise highlight party differences on guns MORE (R-Ill.) 

Sen. Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellGOP senator blocking Trump's Intel nominee Spending bill delay raises risk of partial government shutdown support GOP leaders to Trump: Leave Mueller alone 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 NelsonClarence (Bill) William NelsonSteyer brings his push to impeach Trump to town halls across the nation Overnight Defense: Senate sides with Trump on military role in Yemen | Dem vets push for new war authorization on Iraq anniversary | General says time isn't 'right' for space corps Senate sides with Trump on providing Saudi military support 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 RobertsCharles (Pat) Patrick RobertsRural America hopes Trump hasn't forgotten his promise Republicans slam Trump's tariffs plan Senate Republicans float legislation to reverse Trump tariffs 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 Antonio RubioRubio: McCabe 'should've been allowed to finish through the weekend' For Tillerson, bucking Trump became a job-killer At least six dead after pedestrian bridge collapses on cars in Florida 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. John ThuneJohn Randolph ThuneGOP leaders to Trump: Leave Mueller alone Toyota halts self-driving car tests on public roads Senate Commerce presses Facebook, Cambridge Analytica for answers on data MORE (R-S.D.)

Sen. David VitterDavid Bruce VitterTrump nominates wife of ex-Louisiana senator to be federal judge Where is due process in all the sexual harassment allegations? Not the Senate's job to second-guess Alabama voters 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." 



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 GreenRaymond (Gene) Eugene GreenTwo Dems poised to make history as first Texas Latinas in Congress Five things to watch for in Texas primaries Eleven lawmakers have used campaign funds to pay NRA dues: report 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 Lee'Westworld' star tells lawmakers about rape in plea for assault victims NFL player who kneeled for national anthem tackles Capitol Hill 'externship' Former Comey aide grilled by House panel for over seven hours MORE (D-Texas) — Jackson Lee said U.S. officials should focus their efforts on enhanced health screenings.

Rep. Jim MathesonJames (Jim) David MathesonTrump's budget targets affordable, reliable power Work begins on T infrastructure plan New president, new Congress, new opportunity 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 Sophia MoorePelosi rips Trump administration's 'thought control' on CDC Dem: Trump banning words in CDC documents ‘deeply disturbing and offensive’ Dem rep: Moore supporter called my office pretending to be a reporter, shouted racial slurs 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 Francis WelchSo-called ‘Dem’ ethanol bill has it all wrong Overnight Regulation: Trump officials block GOP governor from skirting ObamaCare rules | House eases pollution rules for some coal plants | Senate vote on Dodd-Frank changes delayed Dem bill would overhaul ethanol mandate 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 Allen YarmuthKentucky candidate takes heat for tweeting he'd like to use congressman for target practice Republican health policy is destroying rural health care McConnell, Schumer tap colleagues to explore budget reform 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 CoonsChristopher (Chris) Andrew CoonsOvernight Defense: Senate sides with Trump on military role in Yemen | Dem vets push for new war authorization on Iraq anniversary | General says time isn't 'right' for space corps Water has experienced a decade of bipartisan success Protecting American innovation MORE (D-Del.)