This story isn’t very sexy or worth going into in detail, but the idea that the people can influence the politicians is worth noting.
Essentially, the story reveals that a number of Democrats have come out for banning travel from West Africa to the USA because of the deadly Ebola virus. This is an election year, remember?
You can read about it at Yahoo News.
Then we have this newer item from The Hill, which describes some new screening airport screening procedures aimed at those possibly exposed to Ebola.
All travelers from countries affected by the Ebola epidemic will now travel through one of five major U.S. airports, officials announced Tuesday.
Under pressure from lawmakers, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is redirecting flights nationwide in an attempt to prevent more people from bringing Ebola across the border.
Officials are imposing the restrictions at a time when Republicans and some Democrats are pushing for a flight ban from West Africa until the epidemic is contained. The idea has picked up steam on the Senate campaign trail, where criticism of the White House’s response to Ebola is increasingly frequent.
Seventy-four House members have backed a travel ban so far, according to a list kept by The Hill. Surveys also show it would have support from a majority of the public.