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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 BoehnerBoehner book jacket teases slams against Cruz, Trump Cruz hits back at Boehner for telling him to 'go f--- yourself' John Boehner tells Cruz to 'go f--- yourself' in unscripted audiobook asides: report 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 BoehnerBoehner book jacket teases slams against Cruz, Trump Cruz hits back at Boehner for telling him to 'go f--- yourself' John Boehner tells Cruz to 'go f--- yourself' in unscripted audiobook asides: report 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 BarlettaFormer Trump officials eye bids for political office 10 bellwether counties that could signal where the election is headed Bottom Line 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 BarrFinancial regulators home in on climate risks House Republicans who didn't sign onto the Texas lawsuit OVERNIGHT ENERGY: Energy issues rule allowing companies to develop own efficiency tests for products | GOP lawmakers push back on Federal Reserve's climate risk efforts 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 BlackburnJudiciary Committee greenlights Garland's AG nomination Passage of the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act is the first step to heal our democracy Biden signs supply chain order after 'positive' meeting with lawmakers 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 BrooksHere are the three GOP lawmakers who voted for the Equality Act Bottom line House Republicans who didn't sign onto the Texas lawsuit MORE (R-Ind.) — Brooks signed an Oct. 15 letter with other lawmakers on the House Homeland Security Committee. 

Rep. Michael BurgessMichael Clifton BurgessAmericans have decided to give professionals a chance Six ways to visualize a divided America Capitol Police tribute turns political 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 ForbesOvernight 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 Bottom line 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 blasts new House rules on gender neutral language as 'height of hypocrisy' A vaccine, a Burrito and more: 7 lighter, memorable moments from 2020 Growing number of House Republicans warm to proxy voting 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 GohmertNIH director: Mask politicalization may have cost 'tens of thousands' of lives in US Democrats should make the 'Bee-Gees' the face of the Republican Party GOP lawmakers call for Pelosi to be fined over new screenings MORE (R-Texas)

Rep. Paul GosarPaul Anthony GosarRepublican rips GOP lawmakers for voting by proxy from CPAC Rep. Gosar denounces 'white racism' after controversial appearance Texas attorney general hits links with Trump before CPAC appearance 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 JohnsonVan Taylor wins reelection to Texas seat held by GOP since 1968 House seeks ways to honor John Lewis Sam Johnson: Fighter for the greater good 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 Democrats reintroduce road map to carbon neutrality by 2050 Hillicon Valley: Biden signs order on chips | Hearing on media misinformation | Facebook's deal with Australia | CIA nominee on SolarWinds Democrats' letter targeting Fox, Newsmax for misinformation sparks clash during hearing 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 CapitoPassage of the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act is the first step to heal our democracy Biden's unity effort falters Capito asks White House to allow toxic chemicals rule to proceed 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 KerryOVERNIGHT ENERGY: House Democrats reintroduce road map to carbon neutrality by 2050 | Kerry presses oil companies to tackle climate change | Biden delays transfer of sacred lands for copper mine Kerry presses oil companies to tackle climate change Biden, Brazil and the Amazon 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 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 WilliamsDemocrats don't trust GOP on 1/6 commission: 'These people are dangerous' READ: The Republicans who voted to challenge election results Trump Georgia call divides House GOP MORE (R-Texas)

Rep. Ted YohoTheodore (Ted) Scott YohoOcasio-Cortez: 'No consequences' in GOP for violence, racism 7 surprise moments from a tumultuous year in politics Why AOC should be next to lead the DNC MORE (R-Fla.)

 

Senate (15 total; 13 Republicans, two Democrats)

Sen. Roy BluntRoy Dean BluntPadilla has 'big Chuck Taylors to fill' in replacing Harris Partisan headwinds threaten Capitol riot commission Passage of the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act is the first step to heal our democracy MORE (R-Mo.)

Sen. Saxby ChamblissClarence (Saxby) Saxby ChamblissLive coverage: Georgia Senate runoffs Trump, Biden face new head-to-head contest in Georgia Ex-GOP senator from Georgia suffers mild stroke: report MORE (R-Ga.) 

Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzTanden withdraws nomination as Biden budget chief Boehner book jacket teases slams against Cruz, Trump Senate confirms Biden Commerce secretary pick Gina Raimondo MORE (R-Texas) — Cruz said a travel ban is “common sense.”

Sen. Chuck GrassleyChuck GrassleyFBI director faces lawmaker frustration over Capitol breach Padilla has 'big Chuck Taylors to fill' in replacing Harris Judiciary Committee greenlights Garland's AG nomination MORE (R-Iowa) 

Sen. Kay HaganKay Ruthven Hagan10 under-the-radar races to watch in November The Hill's Campaign Report: Democratic Unity Taskforce unveils party platform recommendations Democrats awash with cash in battle for Senate MORE (D-N.C.) — Hagan is in a closely watched battle for reelection. 

Sen. James InhofeJames (Jim) Mountain InhofeOvernight Defense: Tim Kaine moves to claw back war powers authority | Study on sexual harassment and assault in the military Commissioners tasked with scrubbing Confederate base names sworn-in at first meeting Biden seeks to walk fine line with Syria strike MORE (R-Okla.)

Sen. Johnny IsaksonJohnny IsaksonLoeffler leaves door open to 2022 rematch against Warnock Perdue on potential 2022 run: GOP must regain the Senate Bottom line 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 KirkSenate majority battle snags Biden Cabinet hopefuls The Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by Facebook - Senate makes SCOTUS nominee Barrett a proxy for divisive 2020 Senate Republicans scramble to put Trump at arm's length MORE (R-Ill.) 

Sen. Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellTanden withdraws nomination as Biden budget chief Boehner book jacket teases slams against Cruz, Trump Gun violence prevention groups optimistic background check legislation can pass this Congress 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 NelsonThe Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - Divided House on full display Florida Democrats mired in division, debt ahead of 2022 Centrist Democrats pose major problem for progressives 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 RobertsPat Roberts joins lobbying firm weeks after Senate retirement Senate swears-in six new lawmakers as 117th Congress convenes Window quickly closing for big coronavirus deal 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 senators question Amazon on removal of book about 'transgender moment' CPAC, all-in for Trump, is not what it used to be Watch live: Day 2 at CPAC 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 GOP whip: Murkowski's vote on Tanden is 'fluid' at the moment GOP says Ron Klain pulling Biden strings Rick Scott acknowledges Biden 'absolutely' won fair election 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 LeeBiden pledges support for Texas amid recovery from winter storm Biden turns focus to winter storm with Texas trip Obama says reparations 'justified' 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 MooreLawmakers urge IRS to boost outreach about tax credits for low-income Americans McMorris Rodgers floats vacating Speaker's chair over Democrat's in-person vote after COVID diagnosis House approves rules package for new Congress 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 WelchLawmakers debate role of prescription drugs and generics in health care costs The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by TikTok - Senate trial will have drama, but no surprise ending Overnight Health Care: New COVID-19 cases nationally drop below 100K for first time in 2021 | CDC warns states against lifting restrictions amid threat of virus variants | Health officials warn COVID-19 eradication unlikely 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 YarmuthHouse Democrats pass sweeping .9T COVID-19 relief bill with minimum wage hike House set for tight vote on COVID-19 relief package Budget Committee chair pledges to raise minimum wage: 'Hold me to it' 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 CoonsKhashoggi fiancée: Not punishing Saudi crown prince would be 'stain on our humanity' GOP says Ron Klain pulling Biden strings Pompeo: Release of Khashoggi report by Biden admin 'reckless' MORE (D-Del.)