WASHINGTON: ‘ LAWMAKERS MOVE TO SUPPORT TRAVEL BAN ON FLIGHTS FROM WEST AFRICA THOUGH WHICH ONES ‘
#AceNewsServices – UNITED STATES (Washington) – October 16 – Pressure is building on President Obama to ban flights to West African nations that are battling Ebola as concerns mount about the disease spreading in 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 rampant.
But lawmakers in growing numbers are pushing Obama to reverse course, and polls show the idea has strong public support.
Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) says a flight ban is something Obama should consider, adding that the president already has the authority he would need 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,” Boehner spokesman Kevin Smith said.