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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.

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

Speaker John BoehnerJohn Andrew BoehnerAre maskless House members scofflaws? Israel, Democrats and the problem of the Middle East Joe Crowley to register as lobbyist for recording artists 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 BoehnerAre maskless House members scofflaws? Israel, Democrats and the problem of the Middle East Joe Crowley to register as lobbyist for recording artists 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 klaing@thehill.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 BarlettaLouis (Lou) James BarlettaThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Biden wants Congress to pass abortion bill, pushes for Mideast cease-fire Ex-GOP Rep. Lou Barletta launches bid for Pennsylvania governor Republicans vie for Trump's mantle in Pa. Senate primary 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 BarrUK appeals to Congress in push for trade deal US, Taiwan to discuss trade, investments, Blinken says Taiwan presses US on COVID-19 vaccines MORE (R-Ky.)

Rep. John BarrowJohn Jenkins BarrowOn The Trail: The political losers of 2020 Republican wins Georgia secretary of state runoff to replace Kemp The most important runoff election is one you probably never heard of 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 BlackburnGOP senator introduces constitutional amendment to ban flag burning Fauci on Blackburn video: 'No idea what she is talking about' Pentagon report clears use of drones made by top Chinese manufacturer MORE (R-Tenn.)

Rep. Charles BoustanyCharles William BoustanyFormer lawmakers call on leadership to focus on unity Partial disengagement based on democratic characteristics: A new era of US-China economic relations Lobbying world 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 BrooksThe tale of the last bipartisan unicorns Bold leadership is necessary to curb violence against youth Here are the three GOP lawmakers who voted for the Equality Act MORE (R-Ind.) — Brooks signed an Oct. 15 letter with other lawmakers on the House Homeland Security Committee. 

Rep. Michael BurgessMichael Clifton BurgessTexas Republicans condemn state Democrats for response to official calling Scott an 'Oreo' Americans have decided to give professionals a chance Six ways to visualize a divided America 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 FincherTrump announces, endorses ambassador to Japan's Tennessee Senate bid Lamar Alexander's exit marks end of an era in evolving Tennessee Tensions on immigration erupt in the House GOP MORE (R-Tenn.) 

Rep. Mike Fitzpatrick (R-Pa.)

Rep. John FlemingJohn Calvin FlemingLobbying world Trump wants Congress to delay Census deadlines amid pandemic Meadows sets up coronavirus hotline for members of Congress MORE (R-La.) 

Rep. Randy ForbesJames (Randy) Randy ForbesDaschle Group hires first GOP lobbyist Overnight Defense: US sanctions NATO ally Turkey over Russian defense system | Veterans groups, top Democrats call for Wilkie's resignation | Gingrich, other Trump loyalists named to Pentagon board Gingrich, other Trump loyalists named to Pentagon advisory panel 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 GabbardTulsi Gabbard on Chicago mayor's decision to limit media interviews to people of color: 'Anti-white racism' Fox News says network and anchor Leland Vittert have 'parted ways' New co-chairs named for congressional caucus for millennials MORE (D-Hawaii) 

Rep. Scott GarrettErnest (Scott) Scott GarrettOn The Trail: The political losers of 2020 Biz groups take victory lap on Ex-Im Bank Export-Import Bank back to full strength after Senate confirmations MORE (R-N.J.)

Rep. Bob Gibbs (R-Ohio)

Rep. Louie GohmertLouis (Louie) Buller Gohmert21 Republicans vote against awarding medals to police who defended Capitol GOP's Gohmert, Clyde file lawsuit over metal detector fines Wray grilled on FBI's handling of Jan. 6 MORE (R-Texas)

Rep. Paul GosarPaul Anthony GosarHouse Democrat: Republicans 'treating Capitol Police like shit' were 'the most scared' during riot Gosar's brothers apologize 'on behalf of the actual sane members of our family' 14 Republicans vote against making Juneteenth a federal holiday MORE (R-Ariz.)

Rep. Alan GraysonAlan Mark GraysonFlorida Rep. Val Demings officially enters Senate race against Rubio Demings raises Democrats' hopes in uphill fight to defeat Rubio Demings planning to run for Senate instead of Florida governor 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 JohnsonCEO fired after mocking teen for wearing dress to prom Van Taylor wins reelection to Texas seat held by GOP since 1968 House seeks ways to honor John Lewis 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 RodgersNew Alzheimer's drug sparks backlash over FDA, pricing FDA approves first new Alzheimer's drug in almost 20 years OVERNIGHT ENERGY: Biden suspends Arctic oil leases issued under Trump |  Experts warn US needs to better prepare for hurricane season | Progressives set sights on Civilian Climate Corps 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 CapitoOvernight Health Care: Takeaways on the Supreme Court's Obamacare decision | COVID-19 cost 5.5 million years of American life | Biden administration investing billions in antiviral pills for COVID-19 COVID-19 long-haulers press Congress for paid family leave Senate confirms Radhika Fox to lead EPA's water office MORE (R-W.Va.) — Moore Capito is running for the Senate seat that is being vacated by Sen. Jay RockefellerJohn (Jay) Davison RockefellerBottom Line World Health Day: It's time to fight preventable disease Lobbying World 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 RahallOn The Trail: The political losers of 2020 We shouldn't allow politics to impede disaster relief Break the cycle of partisanship with infant, child health care programs 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 KerryBudowsky: President Biden for the Nobel Peace Prize Bishops to debate banning communion for president In Europe, Biden seeks to reassert U.S. climate leadership 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 SalmonThe Hill's Morning Report - After high-stakes Biden-Putin summit, what now? Former Rep. Matt Salmon launches gubernatorial bid in Arizona On The Trail: Arizona is microcosm of battle for the GOP 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 StockmanPardon talk intensifies as Trump approaches final 24 hours in office GOP senator on Trump pardons: 'It is legal, it is constitutional, but I think it's a misuse of the power' Nothing becomes Donald Trump's presidency like his leaving it 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 WilliamsTexas Republicans condemn state Democrats for response to official calling Scott an 'Oreo' Watchdog: Capitol Police need 'culture change' Democrats don't trust GOP on 1/6 commission: 'These people are dangerous' MORE (R-Texas)

Rep. Ted YohoTheodore (Ted) Scott YohoOcasio-Cortez on Taylor Greene: 'These are the kinds of people that I threw out of bars all the time' Ocasio-Cortez: 'No consequences' in GOP for violence, racism 7 surprise moments from a tumultuous year in politics MORE (R-Fla.)

 

Senate (15 total; 13 Republicans, two Democrats)

Sen. Roy BluntRoy Dean BluntOvernight Health Care: Takeaways on the Supreme Court's Obamacare decision | COVID-19 cost 5.5 million years of American life | Biden administration investing billions in antiviral pills for COVID-19 Five takeaways on the Supreme Court's Obamacare decision GOP senator: I want to make Biden a 'one-half-term president' MORE (R-Mo.)

Sen. Saxby ChamblissClarence (Saxby) Saxby ChamblissEffective and profitable climate solutions are within the nation's farms and forests Live coverage: Georgia Senate runoffs Trump, Biden face new head-to-head contest in Georgia MORE (R-Ga.) 

Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzWhite House denies pausing military aid package to Ukraine Ted Cruz says critical race theory is as racist as 'Klansmen in white sheets' Pentagon pulling 'certain forces and capabilities,' including air defenses, from Middle East MORE (R-Texas) — Cruz said a travel ban is “common sense.”

Sen. Chuck GrassleyChuck GrassleyFive takeaways on the Supreme Court's Obamacare decision On The Money: Yellen, Powell brush off inflation fears | Fed keeps rates steady, upgrades growth projections Overnight Health Care: US buying additional 200M Moderna vaccine doses | CureVac's COVID-19 vaccine failed in preliminary trial results | Grassley meets with House Dems on drug prices MORE (R-Iowa) 

Sen. Kay HaganKay Ruthven HaganInfighting grips Nevada Democrats ahead of midterms Democrats, GOP face crowded primaries as party leaders lose control Biden's gun control push poses danger for midterms MORE (D-N.C.) — Hagan is in a closely watched battle for reelection. 

Sen. James InhofeJames (Jim) Mountain InhofeOvernight Defense: Biden participates in NATO summit | White House backs 2002 AUMF repeal | Top general says no plans for airstrikes to help Afghan forces after withdrawal Top Republican proposes leaving 1,000 US troops in Afghanistan into next year The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Citizens' Climate Lobby - Biden floats infrastructure, tax concessions to GOP MORE (R-Okla.)

Sen. Johnny IsaksonJohnny IsaksonLoeffler meets with McConnell amid speculation of another Senate run Loeffler group targets Democrats with billboards around baseball stadium Warnock raises nearly M since January victory MORE (R-Ga.)

Sen. Mike JohannsMichael (Mike) Owen JohannsMeet the Democratic sleeper candidate gunning for Senate in Nebraska Farmers, tax incentives can ease the pain of a smaller farm bill Lobbying World MORE (R-Neb.)

Sen. Mark KirkMark Steven KirkDuckworth announces reelection bid Brave new world: Why we need a Senate Human Rights Commission  Senate majority battle snags Biden Cabinet hopefuls MORE (R-Ill.) 

Sen. Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellGraham quips key to working with Trump: We both 'like him' The Hill's Morning Report - ObamaCare here to stay Democrats scramble to unify before election bill brawl 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 NelsonDemings raises million after announcing Senate bid against Rubio Russia threatens to leave International Space Station program over US sanctions Nikki Fried, only statewide elected Democrat in Florida, launches challenge to DeSantis 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 RobertsSenate GOP faces retirement brain drain Roy Blunt won't run for Senate seat in 2022 Lobbying world 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 RubioWhite House denies pausing military aid package to Ukraine The Hill's Morning Report - ObamaCare here to stay Lawmakers rally around cyber legislation following string of attacks 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 ThuneTrump endorses Murkowski challenger Yellen: Disclosure of tax data to ProPublica a 'very serious situation' Sanders won't vote for bipartisan infrastructure deal MORE (R-S.D.)

Sen. David VitterDavid Bruce VitterBiden inaugural committee to refund former senator's donation due to foreign agent status Bottom line Lysol, Charmin keep new consumer brand group lobbyist busy during pandemic 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 GreenRaymond (Gene) Eugene GreenBottom line Texas New Members 2019 Two Democrats become first Texas Latinas to serve in Congress 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 Lee40-year march: Only one state doesn't recognize Juneteenth Biden signs Juneteenth bill: 'Great nations don't ignore their most painful moments' Federal government to observe Juneteenth holiday on Friday MORE (D-Texas) — Jackson Lee said U.S. officials should focus their efforts on enhanced health screenings.

Rep. Jim MathesonJames (Jim) David MathesonMcAdams concedes to Owens in competitive Utah district Trump EPA eases standards for coal ash disposal Utah redistricting reform measure likely to qualify for ballot 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 picks Democrats for special panel tackling inequality Democrats offer bill to encourage hiring of groups hard-hit by pandemic Shining a light on COINTELPRO's dangerous legacy 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 WelchShakespeare gets a congressional hearing in this year's 'Will on the Hill' Democrats debate shape of new Jan. 6 probe On the Money: Tech giants face rising pressure from shareholder activists | House Democrats urge IRS to reverse Trump-era rule reducing donor disclosure | Sen. Warren, Jamie Dimon spar over overdraft fees at Senate hearing 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 YarmuthDemocrats shift tone on unemployment benefits The Hill's Morning Report - Dems to go-it-alone on infrastructure as bipartisan plan falters Democratic patience runs out on bipartisan talks 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 Andrew CoonsCentrists gain leverage over progressives in Senate infrastructure battle The Hill's Morning Report - After high-stakes Biden-Putin summit, what now? Tensions grow between liberals and centrists on infrastructure MORE (D-Del.)