Washington, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-Ohio), a member of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, released the following statement on the Administration’s announcement that they will consider elevated screening levels at U.S. ports of entry in an effort to prevent the spread of Ebola:

“I’m glad the Administration is finally taking the long overdue step of considering increased levels of screening at U.S. ports of entry,” Portman stated. “I’ve been calling on the Administration to conduct active screenings for weeks, and I’m concerned that the delay in action has caused this crisis to escalate. I’m looking forward to hearing the exact details of this plan and to a swift implementation to prevent the spread of this disease.”

Portman urged President Obama to appoint one Administration official to coordinate the U.S. strategy to contain and combat Ebola.  He also called on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to enact active Ebola screenings for travelers demonstrating Ebola symptoms at U.S. ports of entry.

In addition to his letter to the President and CDC, Portman requested information from three other federal agencies in an attempt to better equip the U.S. to deal with the humanitarian crisis. 

Yesterday, CNN featured Portman’s op-ed on the need to be proactive. It can be found here