Ninety-one lawmakers on Tuesday called on the Senate to confirm Vivek Murthy as surgeon general.

The 91 House Democrats, led by California Democratic Reps. Barbara Lee, Judy Chu and Ami BeraAmerish (Ami) Babulal BeraA pathway to universal health care coverage Moderate Dems revive effort to stabilize ObamaCare markets The Hill's Morning Report — Groundhog Day: Negotiations implode as shutdown reaches 20 days MORE, urged Senate Majority Leader Harry ReidHarry Mason ReidSenate buzzsaw awaits 2020 progressive proposals Sanders courts GOP voters with 'Medicare for All' plan Glamorization of the filibuster must end MORE (D-Nev.) and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellThe Hill's Morning Report - Will Joe Biden's unifying strategy work? Dems charge ahead on immigration Biden and Bernie set for clash MORE (R-Ky.) to expedite Murthy's nomination "as soon as possible" amid the Ebola outbreak.


"Given the public's increasing fears regarding the spread of the disease, it is imperative that we confirm a Surgeon General who will play a significant role in educating the American public about the disease and how to best protect their health," they wrote in a letter to Reid and McConnell.

The House Democrats argued that a surgeon general would provide leadership on the U.S. response to Ebola and help communicate with the public.

"The American public would benefit from having a Surgeon General to disseminate information that is desperately needed," they wrote. "The Surgeon General can also work to amplify the Center for Disease Control's actions, reassure the American people, and combat misinformation here at home."

President Obama nominated Murthy in November 2013. But Murthy's nomination stalled in the Senate due to opposition from the National Rifle Association due to his comments that gun deaths are a public health concern.