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 BeraOvernight Defense: Shanahan exit shocks Washington | Pentagon left rudderless | Lawmakers want answers on Mideast troop deployment | Senate could vote on Saudi arms deal this week | Pompeo says Trump doesn't want war with Iran Cruz pitches Ocasio-Cortez on bill to make birth control available over the counter To protect our health, we must act on climate MORE, urged Senate Majority Leader Harry ReidHarry Mason ReidSteyer's impeachment solution is dead wrong The Hill's Morning Report - House Democrats clash over next steps at border Democrats look to demonize GOP leader MORE (D-Nev.) and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by JUUL Labs - House to vote to condemn Trump tweet GOP put on the back foot by Trump's race storm Overnight Health Care — Presented by PCMA —Biden unveils health care plan | Proposal pitches subsidies, public option | Biden vows if you like your health insurance, 'you can keep it' | Sanders protests planned Philadelphia hospital closure 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.