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Ebola Virus Outbreak in US, Africa: House Speaker John Boehner Wants West …

With news that a second health care worker was diagnosed with Ebola and flew to Cleveland despite a developing fever, Speaker of the House John Boehner, R-Ohio, wants President Barack Obama to consider a temporary flight ban as the virus remains a top health concern.

“A temporary ban on travel to the United States from countries afflicted with the virus is something that the president should absolutely consider along with any other appropriate actions as doubts about the security of our air travel systems grow,” Boehner said in a statement.

Amber Vinson was diagnosed with Ebola. She’s the second health care worker to be diagnosed with the disease after Nina Pham. Vinson and Pham caught the disease after treating Liberian national Thomas Eric Duncan at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas. Duncan has since passed away. Vinson would later be on a Frontier Airlines flight to Cleveland to prepare for a wedding. Ahead of traveling, she reportedly told the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) about the trip, and the CDC gave her the green light to fly.


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The White House and CDC Director Dr. Tom Frieden have opposed on multiple occasions a travel ban on West African countries. “Right now we know who’s coming in. If we try to eliminate travel, the possibility that some will travel over land, will come from other places … will mean that we won’t be able to do multiple things,” Frieden noted during a House oversight hearing.

“Concerns about the possibility of an outbreak of this sort prompted the House to provide more funding for the CDC than requested, and the tragic developments seen in recent weeks demonstrate that decision was a prudent one,” Boehner said.

Along with public health institutions, Boehner said local, state and federal agencies need to be prepared to identify and tackle the virus. He also claimed “numerous” committees, such as the House Armed Services Committee and the Committees on Appropriations, have been evaluating the Obama administration’s response to combating Ebola. Boehner acknowledged the Homeland Security Committee held a hearing in Dallas to assess federal, state and local response. The House Energy and Commerce Committee hosted a hearing with the CDC and the National Institute of Health about their response methods.

“These oversight efforts will continue, and the House stands ready to act if it becomes clear legislation is needed to ensure the threat is countered aggressively and effectively,” Boehner said.

“The administration must be able to assure Americans that we will stop the spread here at home. We will continue to press the administration for better information about what steps will be taken to protect the American people, including our troops, from this deadly virus. And we will work with the administration on appropriate policy options that will help stop the spread of this horrific disease both here in the United States and around the globe.”

Boehner’s comments comes after Obama held an emergency meeting in the White House about the government’s response to Ebola on Wednesday afternoon. The outcome of the emergency meeting resulted Obama to announce a rapid SWAT-team style response when an individual is diagnosed with Ebola while following protective and appropriate protocol. He said a review of Duncan’s care is underway and contacts people he was engaged with while at the hospital.

“I want people to understand that the dangers of you contracting Ebola, the dangers of a serious outbreak are extraordinarily low,” Obama said. “But we are taking this very seriously at the highest levels of government. And we are going to be able to manage this particular situation, but we have to look towards the future.”

Article source: http://www.latinpost.com/articles/23809/20141017/ebola-virus-outbreak-africa-house-speaker-john-boehner-travel-ban.htm

Gov. Kasich & Speaker John Boehner Announce Ideas for Protect Against Ebola

UNDATED — ABC22/FOX45 was the only station to bring you the head of a local nursing union who said local nurses are not prepared for an Ebola outbreak.

Now Governor John Kasich is addressing the nurses’ concerns.  We learned on Thursday, October 16, 2014 that the Governor is teaming up with the Ohio Nurses Association and demanding that hospitals run practice drills on identifying and isolating potential patients.  Nurses will also get more training on protective gear like gloves and gowns.

Meanwhile, Speaker of the House John Boehner is calling for more drastic measures to stop the spread of the virus.  He wants a travel ban to and from African countries in the Ebola ‘hot zone’. 

Also in the works, the TSA is considering adding people who had contact with infected nurse Amber Vinson, to its ‘Do Not Board’ list.  That list is normally reserved just for suspected terrorists, but soon, potential carriers of Ebola may be prohibited from boarding certain flights as well.
Gov. Kasich Speaker John Boehner Announce Ideas for Protect Against Ebola

Article source: http://www.abc22now.com/shared/news/top-stories/stories/wkef_vid_22817.shtml

Gov. Kasich & Speaker John Boehner Announce Ideas for Protect Against Ebola

UNDATED — ABC22/FOX45 was the only station to bring you the head of a local nursing union who said local nurses are not prepared for an Ebola outbreak.

Now Governor John Kasich is addressing the nurses’ concerns.  We learned on Thursday, October 16, 2014 that the Governor is teaming up with the Ohio Nurses Association and demanding that hospitals run practice drills on identifying and isolating potential patients.  Nurses will also get more training on protective gear like gloves and gowns.

Meanwhile, Speaker of the House John Boehner is calling for more drastic measures to stop the spread of the virus.  He wants a travel ban to and from African countries in the Ebola ‘hot zone’. 

Also in the works, the TSA is considering adding people who had contact with infected nurse Amber Vinson, to its ‘Do Not Board’ list.  That list is normally reserved just for suspected terrorists, but soon, potential carriers of Ebola may be prohibited from boarding certain flights as well.
Gov. Kasich Speaker John Boehner Announce Ideas for Protect Against Ebola

Article source: http://www.fox45now.com/shared/news/top-stories/stories/wrgt_vid_22817.shtml

4 Lobbyists From Boehnerland Every Politico Should Know

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Any lawmaker that has been on Capitol Hill for a significant amount of time has likely seen a number of their top staffers walk through the revolving door to take well paying jobs on K Street. It’s a system that makes Washington go ’round, as these former staffers are able to leverage their powerful connections in Congress to bring on new, lucrative lobbying clients.

No where is this special relationship more clear than when looking at the slew of lobbyists who got their start as member of Boehnerland, the close knit club of staffers working for the Speaker of the House. John Boehner has been in office since 1990 and has served as Republican leader since 2006, becoming Speaker in 2010.

Sam Geduldig, Senior Advisor (2003-2006)

Geduldig has maintained his ties with Boehnerland as a partner with Clark, Lytle Geduldig, which has raked in $2.8 million this year. The bulk of Geduldig’s personal lobbying is on behalf of the banking and financial services industry. However he also represents clients with a major stake in the annual Department of Defense appropriations such as Halliburton and Boeing. In addition, Geduldig represents a number of companies, including Prudential Insurance, Microsoft and Koch Industries that have all donated at least $20,000 to Boehner’s leadership PAC this year alone.

Marc Lampkin, General Counsel (1995-1998)

Lampkin is currently a registered lobbyist for Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck where he primarily lobbies on health, immigration and finance issues. He represents Comcast, which this year has given Boehner over $118,000 for his leadership PAC. Other companies represented by Lampkin include FedEx and McGraw Hill Financial, which have both given Boehner at least $20,000 this campaign cycle. Abbott Laboratories, one of Lampkin’s clients and Boehner’s donors has gotten some heat this summer for being involved in an attempted corporate inversion. Boehner has fought against President Obama’s plans to ban inversion practices.

Emily Porter, Policy Adviser (2004-2013)

Porter is currently a vice president with the Nickles Group, which has donated $25,000 as a firm to Boehner this year. She represents mostly clients in the healthcare and insurance space, with three of her clients, the American Dental Association, Metlife Insurance and Wal-Mart Stores donating at least $20,000 to Boehner in 2014. She has lobbied for all of the Obamacare repeal bills introduced by John Boehner this year.

Jeff Strunk, Deputy Floor Director (2006-2012)

Strunk is the senior vice president at Forbes-Tate, where he lobbies primarily on taxes, as well as energy and finance. His clients Amgen Inc. and Oracle Inc., have both given at least $20,000 to Boehner this year, while another of his clients, the Carlyle Group, has given Boehner over $55,000 in political donations. He lobbied heavily on the Permanent Internet Tax Freedom Act, which bans taxation on internet access, and which Boehner publicly supported. Strunk also represents We Are Golf, a pro-golf association, which has in the past recognized John Boehner as their “Golfer of the Year.”

 

 

 

 

 

Article source: http://inthecapital.streetwise.co/2014/10/16/4-lobbyists-from-boehnerland-every-politico-should-know/

John Boehner, Mitch McConnell and Other GOP Heads Do the ‘Time Warp’ In …

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Our friend John Aravosis over at Americablog has been having a barrel of fun slapping Republican Party heads onto Jib Jab’s new “Time Warp” music video – a perfect combo considering the GOP’s efforts to “time warp” gay rights, environmental issues, and reproductive freedom back to the 20th century. 

Check out the hilarious video, AFTER THE JUMP

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DECISION 2014: John Boehner raises money for Brian Nestande in Palm Springs – Press

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House Speaker John Boehner calls for travel ban over Ebola fears

WASHINGTON — House Speaker John Boehner is calling on President Barack Obama to consider a travel ban in the wake of the Ebola crisis.

Boehner issued the statement Thursday morning saying in part:

“A temporary ban on travel to the United States from countries afflicted with the virus is something that the president should absolutely consider along with any other appropriate actions as doubts about the security of our air travel systems grow.”

Click here to read the entirety of Boehner’s statement

The Ebola virus is marked by severe bleeding, organ failure, and in many cases, death. It can be found in humans and non-human primates, such as monkeys. The disease is spread through direct contact with bodily fluids of a person infected with Ebola, objects that have been contaminated with the virus and infected animals. An Ebola vaccine approved by the Federal Drug Administration is not available. People diagnosed with Ebola are isolated and given treatments to help with symptoms. No cases have been reported in the Tri-State area.

The announcement comes as Republican lawmakers indignantly criticized the government response to the arrival of Ebola on U.S. shores Thursday in a tense hearing on Capitol Hill. Top public health officials defended their actions as public unease grew over the possibility of the deadly virus spreading widely here — something health experts insisted was a remote possibility.

“People are scared,” said Rep. Fred Upton, R-Mich., chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee. “People’s lives are at stake, and the response so far has been unacceptable.”

Dr. Thomas Frieden, head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said he remained confident in the ability of the U.S. health care system to combat Ebola.

“Working with our partners we have been able to stop every prior Ebola outbreak, and we will stop this one,” he said. “We know how to control Ebola, even in this period.”

But even as he offered reassurances Frieden raised alarms of his own about threats to this country if the raging epidemic in West Africa, which has already claimed more than 4,000 lives, cannot be stopped.

“There are no shortcuts in the control of Ebola and it is not easy to control it. To protect the United States we need to stop it at its source,” he said.

“One of the things I fear about Ebola is that it could spread more widely in Africa. If this were to happen it could become a threat to our health system and the health care we give for a long time to come.”

Fears over the disease are on the rise as two nurses tested positive after caring for a patient in Dallas who died of the disease. One of them was cleared by the CDC to travel on a commercial plane after registering a slightly elevated fever, officials disclosed on Wednesday.

Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institutes of Health National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease, told lawmakers Thursday that the first nurse to fall ill, Nina Pham, was being transferred to the NIH in Bethesda, Maryland, for treatment. The second nurse, the one who took a commercial flight before being diagnosed, has been transferred to Emory University Hospital in Atlanta near the CDC.

Lawmakers had tough questions on hospital protocols and travel restrictions. Several Republicans suggested a partial travel ban for people who’ve been in West Africa.

Election-year politics were evident in the hearing room with midterm balloting less than a month away. Two House members in highly contested Senate races, Rep. Cory Gardner, Republican of Colorado, and Rep. Bruce Braley, Democrat of Iowa, left the campaign trail to appear at Thursday’s hearing.

President Barack Obama canceled travel plans to stay at the White House and oversee government’s response to the Ebola problem.

Article source: http://www.wcpo.com/news/local-news/house-speaker-john-boehner-calls-for-travel-ban-over-ebola-fears

Easy Rules for Free Speech on Campus

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Easy Rules for Free Speech on Campus

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Another week, another ultimately meaningless free speech controversy on an American college campus. Should Ayaan Hirsi Ali be allowed to speak at Yale? If only there were some simple way of settling these nonstop arguments.

Colleges invite prominent people to give speeches. These prominent people are too conservative, or too liberal, or too foreign, or too fascist, or too counterrevolutionary for some student faction or other. Students protest. They petition. They wave signs and send letters and yell and maybe occupy a building. The college withdraws its invitation to the speaker under pressure. The speaker is mad. The students are triumphant, but mad. The college is cowed, and looks stupid, as well as cowardly. Then all of America’s most boring pundits wring their hands over tolerance and diversity and The Kids These Days. Nobody wins in this process: not the schools, not the students, not the grownups who wanted to talk to the students, and certainly not the average reader of the average pundit, who is forced to listen to moralist pontificating that is undoubtedly more unbearable than any fascist imperialist political idea that the worst campus speaker could ever put forward.

Ayaan Hirsi Ali says mean things about Islam sometimes. She’s already been invited and disinvited as Brandeis University’s commencement speaker this year. Now she has been invited to speak at Yale. Oh no! Protests! Upsetness! Much hand-wringing! Whatever shall be done? Inside Higher Ed quotes a statement from Yale’s Muslim Student Association:

“We sympathize with the unfortunate circumstances that Ms. Hirsi Ali faced in her Muslim household as a child and we recognize that such experiences do exist in many countries, including Muslim-majority ones,” the group wrote. “Our concern is that Ms. Hirsi Ali is being invited to speak as an authority on Islam despite the fact that she does not hold the credentials to do so.”

Naturally, the calls for rejecting her invitation to speak, or for adding speakers to the program who will say the opposite of what she says, drew their own objections.

Since this sort of thing will continue to happen forever, allow us to suggest:

A SUGGESTED FRAMEWORK FOR FREE SPEECH ON COLLEGE CAMPUSES

1) People who have controversial, objectionable, or even wrong opinions will be allowed to speak on college campuses.

2) Those who disagree with these people will be allowed to wave signs and yell and protest them and put on their own events with their own speakers with different views.

3) That’s all.

No revoked invitations! No cowardly excuses! No need for droning punditry from left and right! And no need to deny anyone the right to make an idiot of themselves in public! This is what free speech is all about. It is not all that complicated.

(I would also add: 4) You are allowed to run up and put a pie in the face of a particularly objectionable speaker IF you are willing to be punched in the face hard in return. Fair is fair.)

[Photo of a good all-purpose protest sign: AP]

Article source: http://gawker.com/easy-rules-for-free-speech-on-campus-1634851662

John Boehner and 40 in Congress demand commercial flight bans from Ebola …

  • House speaker wants US airports closed to traffic from Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea
  • 35 other House members including three Democrats take the same position
  • Five Republican senators demand travel bans to contain the Ebola virus
  • Obama administration insists travel routes must stay open so planes can return to Africa with aid workers and relief supplies
  • White House won’t say why military aircraft can’t be used instead

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The Obama administration should ban all air travel to the United States from the three African countries hardest hit by the Ebola epidemic, say at least 41 members of Congress including three Democratic House members.

Republican Senator Ted Cruz, whose home state is ground zero for Ebola in North America, wrote Wednesday in a Texas Tribune op-ed that ‘we all very much hope the virus will not spread any further in Texas. But hope is not a strategy.’

‘Given the gravity of the threat, common sense dictates that it’s time to ban flights from the countries afflicted by Ebola.’ 

‘There’s no reason to allow ongoing commercial air traffic out of those countries,’ he told the Dallas Morning News. 

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House Speaker John Boehner called for an Ebola travel ban to be reopened for debate, while House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (left) and other top Democrats have shied away from the idea

House Speaker John Boehner called for an Ebola travel ban to be reopened for debate, while House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (left) and other top Democrats have shied away from the idea

Texas Republican Sen. Ted Cruz spoke at an Oct. 9 political rally for Kansas Sen. Pat Roberts. Both men have called for a commercial air traffic ban between the U.S. and the three African nations where Ebola rages out of control. 'I have no confidence in how the Obama Administration is managing the Ebola crisis, and neither do the people of Kansas,' Roberts said Oct. 14

Texas Republican Sen. Ted Cruz spoke at an Oct. 9 political rally for Kansas Sen. Pat Roberts. Both men have called for a commercial air traffic ban between the U.S. and the three African nations where Ebola rages out of control. ‘I have no confidence in how the Obama Administration is managing the Ebola crisis, and neither do the people of Kansas,’ Roberts said Oct. 14

Only a drill: Hazmat suits like these could become commonplace at US airports if Ebola spreads without end

Only a drill: Hazmat suits like these could become commonplace at US airports if Ebola spreads without end

Rep. Lou Barletta, a Pennsylvania Republican, said in a statement that the U.S. is ‘faced with the growing threat of a disease for which there is no known reliable cure, and we know where it’s coming from. Why would we not act in every way possible to stop it from reaching us?’

That sentiment is 180 degrees opposition from the White House’s point of view, producing a clash that has D.C.beltway insiders scratching their heads.

A group of 26 House members, including Democrats Alan Grayson, Dave Loebsack and Kyrsten Sinema, wrote to Obama on Oct. 8 that ’the United States needs to institute travel restrictions, enhanced airport screening and possible quarantine of individuals who have traveled to, or from’ Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea. 

House Speaker John Boehner joined that group on Wednesday after the chief White House spokesman said a travel ban is not under consideration.

‘A temporary ban on travel to the United States from countries afflicted with the virus is something that the president should absolutely consider,’ he said, ‘along with any other appropriate actions as doubts about the security of our air travel systems grow.’

The White House is nowhere near considering restrictions on commercial airline flights from the Ebola hot zone to major American airports.

Instead, it has ramped up disease surveillance at the five airports that handle about 94 per cent of the passenger load from the hardest hit African nations. 

The extra screening – carried out by Customs and Border Control officers, not health care professionals – have begun at New York’s John F. Kennedy, Newark Liberty,Washington Dulles, Chicago O’Hare and Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta airports. 

Obama did not address the possibility of a travel ban during his remarks after a two-hour emergency cabinet meeting Wednesday afternoon.  

Not going to happen: White House Press Secretary, Josh Earnest

Not going to happen: White House Press Secretary, Josh Earnest

Urgency: Obama skipped his planned political fundraising in order to chair a cabinet meeting about his administration's Ebola response

Urgency: Obama skipped his planned political fundraising in order to chair a cabinet meeting about his administration’s Ebola response

The president canceled planned political campaign appearances in New Jersey and Connecticut to call the meeting.

The White House said late Wednesday that presidential campaign trips to New York and Rhode Island had been called off for Thursday as well.

But hours before the president spoke, White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest reiterated that banning America-bound flights from Ebola-ravaged countries ‘is not on the table.’ 

‘It’s important for people to understand exactly why that’s the case,’ Earnest said.

‘Shutting down travel to that area of the world would prevent the expeditious flow of personnel and equipment into the region.’

‘And the only way for us to stop this outbreak, and to eliminate any risk from Ebola to the American public, is to stop this outbreak at the source.’ 

Earnest and Centers for Disease Control chief Thomas Frieden have emphasized that isolating entire countries would make it harder, not easier, to contain the spread of Ebola. 

At the same time, the CDC has tried to isolate individual Americans who have come into contact with Ebola-infected people. 

Earnest added that the administration is already ‘mobilizing significant resources to make sure that supplies and personnel can get to the affected region.’

MailOnline asked the White House why military aircraft couldn’t be used for the same purpose without putting civilians’ health at risk, but no response has come.

A survey of online airfare booking websites including Kayak and Expedia found that domestic U.S. airlines are no longer flying between U.S. airports and the Liberian capital of Monrovia – the epicenter of the Ebola outbreak.

But several foreign-owned airlines fly those routes every day, including Brussels Airlines, Lufthansa and Moroccan carrier Royal Air Maroc.

That, says Alabama Republican Rep. Mo Brooks, should stop. 

‘Allowing people to come from outbreak areas into the United States threatens the lives and health of American citizens,’ he told the News Courier in Athens, Alabama, on Oct. 12. 

‘It’s crazy and irresponsible.’ 

Two-thirds of Americans agree, according to a Washington Post/ABC News poll released Tuesday.

Fully 67 per cent told pollsters they would agree with ‘restricting entry to the United States by people who’ve been in affected countries.’

Just 29 percent lined up against the idea.

Texas Rep. Joe Barta said last week during a congressional field hearing in Dallas that the Obama administration is ‘almost guaranteeing mathematically we’re going to miss some people’ with airport screening alone.

‘If we were really treating this as a public health issue why would we not immediately stop these flights?’ he asked.

Others in Congress are asking the State Department to suspend  the 13,000 travel visas issued to foreign nationals from the three countries that have been hardest hit.

That’s a position shared by House Foreign Affairs Committee chairman Ed Royce, Homeland Security chairman Michael McCaul and at least five other House members.

Most Democrats in Congress share the White House’s view, however, including Wisconsin Rep Gwen Moore.

She downplayed the health risks from Ebola in the United States, complaining in a statement Wednesday that ‘many of my congressional colleagues have let their anxiety about this crisis dictate a panicked and perilous tone during a time when we need a cautious yet vigilant discussion.’


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Boehner to Obama: Ban travel for Ebola

House Speaker John Boehner urged the White House on Wednesday to consider banning travel from West African countries plagued by Ebola.

“A temporary ban on travel to the United States from countries afflicted with the virus is something that the president should absolutely consider along with any other appropriate actions as doubts about the security of our air travel systems grow,” the Ohio Republican said in a release.

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House Republicans have been quick to criticize the government’s efforts to contain the disease with some lawmakers calling for Director Tom Frieden to step down as now two health care workers have become infected in Dallas.

The Energy and Commerce Committee will hold a hearing with NIH and CDC officials on Thursday to discuss how the Obama administration has responded to the crisis.

“The administration must be able to assure Americans that we will stop the spread here at home,” Boehner said. “We will continue to press the administration for better information about what steps will be taken to protect the American people, including our troops, from this deadly virus.”

Article source: http://www.politico.com/story/2014/10/john-boehner-obama-flights-ebola-111924.html