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Rep. Garrett: Feds' Resistance to Quarantines 'Unbelievable'

Tuesday, 28 Oct 2014 07:01 PM

The federal government's resistance to quarantining people who have returned to the United States after being in contact with Ebola patients is "unbelievable," says Rep. Scott Garrett, chairman of the House Financial Services Committee.

"It's all just amazing and unbelievable. Talk to anybody, to a proverbial man on the street, and they will say that it's as simple as talking to a child. If you have somebody outside of your house that's a threat to you, what do you do? You lock the front door," Garrett, a New Jersey Republican, said Tuesday on "The Steve Malzberg Show" on Newsmax TV.

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"That's what we're asking for here. Lock the front doors, stop the people from coming in here, and take care of those people if they do get into the country afterwards.

"The president can't seem to act on any of these things, and it's unconscionable."

Garrett, who is also a member the House Budget Committee, said he sent a bipartisan letter to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and to President Barack Obama asking for answers about Ebola protocol.

"If the people [who have had contact with Ebola] are on the plane flying over here — what is it, a seven-hour flight? — what are we doing with all the other people on the plane in that point and time? What are they going to do with the people they come in contact with?" he said.

"None of these answers come from the CDC or the White House, and that's why the American public just has not confidence in this administration anymore."

Garrett also criticized the nation's newly appointed Ebola czar, Ron Klain.

"He has absolutely no healthcare credentials. Isn't that so scary and typical from this White House? You have a crisis, you finally recognize it, and what do you do? You pick one of your crony friends in politics," he said.

"You put him in charge and name him the new czar, give him a salary and with no experience whatsoever — as opposed to tackling the problem in the first place."

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The federal government's resistance to quarantining people who have returned to the United States after being in contact with Ebola patients is "unbelievable," says Rep. Scott Garrett, chairman of the House Financial Services Committee.
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