Another member of the Nebraska Congressional delegation calls for travel restrictions in the fight against Ebola.
Congressman Jeff Fortenberry calls for a ban on all unnecessary commercial flights to countries fighting the Ebola outbreak.
“This is a very serious disease. This should be fundamentally about protecting public safety,” Fortenberry tells Kevin Thomas, host of Drive Time Lincoln on Nebraska Radio Network affiliate KLIN.
Fortenberry acknowledges there needs to be a balance. He says medical personnel need to be able to travel to the countries affected. Transportation for humanitarian aid also needs to be made available, according to Fortenberry.
“But the job of the government, the highest level, the highest purpose of government is to protect you,” Fortenberry says. “And if we’re about trying to nuance and manage this from a public relations perspective or worse, a political perspective, then you’re not getting at heart of the matter of public safety.”
Fortenberry adds America has been carrying an unfair share of the burden in fighting Ebola.
“This has to be the world’s problem,” Fortenberry says. “Not any more speeches; direct action with resources for people who are suffering.”
AUDIO: Brent Martin reports [:45]