Bipartisan group asks Obama for Ebola travel ban

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Worried by the arrival of the Ebola virus in the United States, a bipartisan group of lawmakers in Congress sent a letter to President Obama on Thursday, asking the White House to institute a travel ban and restrict visas to keep others with the disease from getting in to the country.

"The United States needs to institute travel restrictions, enhanced airport screening and possible quarantine of individuals who have traveled to, or from, the West African countries that have been most impacted by this tragic Ebola epidemic," the letter said.

The letter, which can be read here, is signed by both liberal Democrats and conservative Republicans.

Among the signatures, Rep. Alan Grayson (D-FL), who urged the State Department back in July to restrict travel from west Africa to the United States, as a way to keep Ebola out of the U.S.

Other signers include more conservative lawmakers like Rep. Ted Yoho (R-FL) and Rep. Paul Gosar (R-AZ), and Democrats in tough districts like Rep. Kirsten Sinema (D-AZ) and Rep. Dave Loebsack (D-IA).

"The fact is that there are uncertainties about this virus so we must take the proper precautions," said Rep. Dennis Ross (R-FL).