Calls For White House, Congress To Do More In Ebola Response

News outlets report on congressional comments and action on the West African Ebola outbreak.

The Hill: Coons: We must do more to fight Ebola
“Sen. Chris Coons (D-Del.) called on the White House to designate a point person to deal with the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. ‘It is time for the rest of us to step up,’ Coons said on the Senate floor Thursday. Coons also suggested that the U.S. military provide logistical support and that the administration provide more financial aid…” (Cox, 9/11).

The Hill: Ebola survivor to testify before Congress
“An American doctor who contracted Ebola in West Africa and survived after treatment in the United States will testify before lawmakers about the worsening epidemic. Kent Brantly of Samaritan’s Purse will speak at a joint Senate hearing on Tuesday, staff for Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) announced…” (Viebeck, 9/11).

Roll Call: Staffers, Diplomats Call for Capitol Hill to Act on Ebola Crisis
“…[On Thursday,] a group of 25 that included diplomats from Liberia, Cameroon, and staffers from the Congressional African Staff Association gathered on the East Front to bow their heads for two moments of silence. One was observed for the victims of the [September 11] attacks 13 years ago; the second was for victims of the Ebola epidemic…” (Hess, 9/11).