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Sen. Cruz Tells FAA to Stop Ebola Victims Entering US

Sen. Cruz Tells FAA to Stop Ebola Victims Entering US
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By    |   Friday, 03 October 2014 09:47 AM

Texas Sen. Ted Cruz has attacked the Obama administration for its "unclear" handling of the Ebola crisis, while urging the Federal Aviation Administration to take extra precautions to prevent more infected victims entering the United States.

After a Liberian was diagnosed with Ebola and quarantined in a Dallas hospital, the GOP senator sent a letter to the FAA with a litany of questions expressing his concerns about the safety of Americans.

"Given the severity of this virus and the fact that its spread to Texas has been associated with travel, it is imperative that the FAA take every precaution in preventing additional cases from arriving in the U.S.," he wrote to FAA Administrator Michael Huerta.

In the letter, Cruz asked whether the FAA plans to ban travelers from African countries "who have experienced a significant Ebola outbreak."

According to Politico, in a statement accompanying the letter, Cruz took the White House to task for failing to properly deal with the threat to Americans from people infected with the deadly disease.

"Due to the Obama administration’s unclear approach to addressing the threat of the Ebola virus, Americans — particularly the Texans who have possibly been exposed — deserve specific answers to how the administration is addressing travel to and from the countries impacted by the disease," Cruz said.

The senator’s five questions to the FAA included what kind of training are airline crews receiving to identify people infected with the disease, and whether the FAA plans to suspend flights to West African countries where the disease has run rampant.

Texas GOP Rep. Lamar Smith also claims that the Obama administration should "review our policies for travel to and from the countries most affected by the Ebola outbreak."

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Texas Sen. Ted Cruz has attacked the Obama administration for its "unclear" handling of the Ebola crisis, while urging the Federal Aviation Administration to take extra precautions to prevent more infected victims entering the United States.
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