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 BoehnerLongtime House parliamentarian to step down Five things we learned from this year's primaries Bad blood between Pelosi, Meadows complicates coronavirus talks 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 BoehnerLongtime House parliamentarian to step down Five things we learned from this year's primaries Bad blood between Pelosi, Meadows complicates coronavirus talks 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 BarlettaBottom Line Ex-GOP congressman to lead group to protect Italian products from tariffs Head of Pennsylvania GOP resigns over alleged explicit texts 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 BarrReclaiming the American Dream Powell, Mnuchin stress limits of current emergency lending programs McConnell holds 12-point lead over Democratic challenger McGrath: poll MORE (R-Ky.)

Rep. John BarrowJohn Jenkins BarrowRepublican wins Georgia secretary of state runoff to replace Kemp The most important runoff election is one you probably never heard of Our democracy can’t afford to cut legal aid services from the budget 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 BlackburnHillicon Valley: Subpoenas for Facebook, Google and Twitter on the cards | Wray rebuffs mail-in voting conspiracies | Reps. raise mass surveillance concerns Key Democrat opposes GOP Section 230 subpoena for Facebook, Twitter, Google Senate panel threatens subpoena for Google, Facebook and Twitter executives MORE (R-Tenn.)

Rep. Charles BoustanyCharles William BoustanyPartial disengagement based on democratic characteristics: A new era of US-China economic relations Lobbying world March tariff increase would cost 934K jobs, advocacy group says 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 BrooksBipartisan lawmakers call for broadband expansion to eliminate inequities The Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by Facebook - GOP closes ranks to fill SCOTUS vacancy by November The Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by Facebook - Trump, GOP allies prepare for SCOTUS nomination this week MORE (R-Ind.) — Brooks signed an Oct. 15 letter with other lawmakers on the House Homeland Security Committee. 

Rep. Michael BurgessMichael Clifton BurgessIgnore the misinformation: The FDA will ensure the safety of any COVID-19 vaccine House goes postal for one day GOP lawmaker calls asymptomatic testing crucial after CDC revises guidance 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 FlemingTrump wants Congress to delay Census deadlines amid pandemic Meadows sets up coronavirus hotline for members of Congress The Hill's Morning Report - Iran strikes US bases in Iraq; Trump to speak today MORE (R-La.) 

Rep. Randy ForbesJames (Randy) Randy ForbesBottom line Selection of Sarah Makin-Acciani shows the commitment to religious liberty Too much ‘can do,’ not enough candor 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 GabbardRepublicans call on DOJ to investigate Netflix over 'Cuties' film Hispanic Caucus campaign arm endorses slate of non-Hispanic candidates Gabbard says she 'was not invited to participate in any way' in Democratic convention MORE (D-Hawaii) 

Rep. Scott GarrettErnest (Scott) Scott GarrettBiz groups take victory lap on Ex-Im Bank Export-Import Bank back to full strength after Senate confirmations Manufacturers support Reed to helm Ex-Im Bank MORE (R-N.J.)

Rep. Bob Gibbs (R-Ohio)

Rep. Louie GohmertLouis (Louie) Buller GohmertRep. Dan Meuser tests positive for COVID-19 Watchdog calls for probe into Gohmert 'disregarding public health guidance' on COVID-19 Massie plans to donate plasma after testing positive for COVID-19 antibodies MORE (R-Texas)

Rep. Paul GosarPaul Anthony GosarPelosi must go — the House is in dire need of new leadership LWCF modernization: Restoring the promise Trump tweets his people have all left Drudge MORE (R-Ariz.)

Rep. Alan GraysonAlan Mark GraysonFlorida's Darren Soto fends off Dem challenge from Alan Grayson Live results: Arizona and Florida hold primaries The Hill's Morning Report: Frustration mounts as Republicans blow up tax message 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 JohnsonHouse seeks ways to honor John Lewis Sam Johnson: Fighter for the greater good House pays tribute to late Congressman Sam Johnson on the floor 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 RodgersHillicon Valley: Trump backs potential Microsoft, TikTok deal, sets September deadline | House Republicans request classified TikTok briefing | Facebook labels manipulated Pelosi video Top House Republicans request classified TikTok briefing More than 100 lawmakers urge IRS to resolve stimulus payment issues 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 CapitoCongress must finish work on popular conservation bill before time runs out Second GOP senator to quarantine after exposure to coronavirus GOP senator to quarantine after coronavirus exposure 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 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 KerryThe Memo: Warning signs flash for Trump on debates Divided country, divided church TV ads favored Biden 2-1 in past month 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 SalmonCOVID-19's class divide creates new political risks Arizona voters like Kyl but few think he'll stick around Former Sen. Jon Kyl to replace McCain in Senate 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 StockmanInmates break windows, set fires in riot at Kansas prison Wife of imprisoned former congressman cites COVID-19 risk in plea to Trump for husband's freedom Consequential GOP class of 1994 all but disappears 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 WilliamsThe Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - Yoho apologizes for accosting AOC Ocasio-Cortez accosted by GOP lawmaker over remarks: 'That kind of confrontation hasn't ever happened to me' Cook shifts 20 House districts toward Democrats MORE (R-Texas)

Rep. Ted YohoTheodore (Ted) Scott YohoKat Cammack wins Florida GOP primary in bid for Ted Yoho's seat The Hill's Convention Report: Democrats gear up for Day Two of convention Eyes turn to Ocasio-Cortez as she seeks to boost Biden MORE (R-Fla.)

 

Senate (15 total; 13 Republicans, two Democrats)

Sen. Roy BluntRoy Dean BluntSenate to push funding bill vote up against shutdown deadline Social media platforms put muscle into National Voter Registration Day Senate GOP faces pivotal moment on pick for Supreme Court MORE (R-Mo.)

Sen. Saxby ChamblissClarence (Saxby) Saxby ChamblissLobbying world GOP lobbyist tapped for White House legislative affairs The Hill's Morning Report - Gillibrand drops out as number of debaters shrinks MORE (R-Ga.) 

Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzThe Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by Facebook - Trump previews SCOTUS nominee as 'totally brilliant' Cruz blocks amended resolution honoring Ginsburg over language about her dying wish Trump argues full Supreme Court needed to settle potential election disputes MORE (R-Texas) — Cruz said a travel ban is “common sense.”

Sen. Chuck GrassleyCharles (Chuck) Ernest GrassleyGOP lawmakers distance themselves from Trump comments on transfer of power The Hill's 12:30 Report: Ginsburg lies in repose Top GOP senators say Hunter Biden's work 'cast a shadow' over Obama Ukraine policy MORE (R-Iowa) 

Sen. Kay HaganKay Ruthven HaganThe Hill's Campaign Report: Democratic Unity Taskforce unveils party platform recommendations Democrats awash with cash in battle for Senate The Hill's Campaign Report: Trump's job approval erodes among groups that powered his 2016 victory MORE (D-N.C.) — Hagan is in a closely watched battle for reelection. 

Sen. James InhofeJames (Jim) Mountain InhofeChamber of Commerce endorses McSally for reelection Overnight Defense: Top admiral says 'no condition' where US should conduct nuclear test 'at this time' | Intelligence chief says Congress will get some in-person election security briefings Top admiral: 'No condition' where US should conduct nuclear test 'at this time' MORE (R-Okla.)

Sen. Johnny IsaksonJohnny IsaksonLobbying world Loeffler paints herself as 'more conservative than Attila the Hun' in new campaign ad Georgia GOP Senate candidates cite abortion in pushing Ginsburg replacement 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 KirkLiberal veterans group urges Biden to name Duckworth VP On the Trail: Senate GOP hopefuls tie themselves to Trump Biden campaign releases video to explain 'what really happened in Ukraine' MORE (R-Ill.) 

Sen. Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellTrump 'no longer angry' at Romney because of Supreme Court stance On The Money: Anxious Democrats push for vote on COVID-19 aid | Pelosi, Mnuchin ready to restart talks | Weekly jobless claims increase | Senate treads close to shutdown deadline The Hill's Campaign Report: Trump faces backlash after not committing to peaceful transition of power 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 NelsonDemocrats sound alarm on possible election chaos Trump, facing trouble in Florida, goes all in NASA names DC headquarters after agency's first Black female engineer Mary W. Jackson 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 RobertsThe Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by Facebook - Washington on edge amid SCOTUS vacancy The Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by National Industries for the Blind - Trump seeks to flip 'Rage' narrative; Dems block COVID-19 bill GOP senators say coronavirus deal dead until after election 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 RubioGOP lawmakers distance themselves from Trump comments on transfer of power McConnell pushes back on Trump: 'There will be an orderly transition' Graham vows GOP will accept election results after Trump comments 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 ThuneSenate passes resolution reaffirming commitment to peaceful transition of power Susan Collins faces political land mine with Supreme Court fight Abortion stirs GOP tensions in Supreme Court fight MORE (R-S.D.)

Sen. David VitterDavid Bruce VitterLysol, Charmin keep new consumer brand group lobbyist busy during pandemic Bottom line Bottom line 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 GreenTexas New Members 2019 Two Democrats become first Texas Latinas to serve in Congress Latina Leaders to Watch 2018 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 LeeGrand jury charges no officers in Breonna Taylor death Hillicon Valley: Murky TikTok deal raises questions about China's role | Twitter investigating automated image previews over apparent algorithmic bias | House approves bill making hacking federal voting systems a crime House approves legislation making hacking voting systems a federal crime MORE (D-Texas) — Jackson Lee said U.S. officials should focus their efforts on enhanced health screenings.

Rep. Jim MathesonJames (Jim) David MathesonTrump EPA eases standards for coal ash disposal Utah redistricting reform measure likely to qualify for ballot Trump's budget targets affordable, reliable power 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 MooreTexas Democrat: US natural gas vital in transition to renewables The Hill's Convention Report: Democratic National Convention kicks off virtually The Hill's 12:30 Report: Postal Service crisis escalates 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 Theatre Company goes virtual for 'Will on the Hill...or Won't They?' Vermont Rep. Peter Welch easily wins primary Vermont has a chance to show how bipartisanship can tackle systemic racism 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 YarmuthPelosi, Democrats unveil bills to rein in alleged White House abuses of power GOP, White House struggle to unite behind COVID-19 relief House seeks ways to honor John Lewis 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 CoonsMurkowski: Supreme Court nominee should not be taken up before election Battle lines drawn on precedent in Supreme Court fight Sunday shows - Ruth Bader Ginsburg's death dominates MORE (D-Del.)