White House Touts Ebola Czar Ron Klain's Ties to Congress (Updated)

Updated 12:23 p.m. | President Barack Obama has picked Ron Klain to be the Ebola czar, according to the White House, a move that appears aimed at quelling a firestorm from Congress and the public over the handling of the crisis.  

Klain is a longtime Washingtonian and Harvard-educated lawyer who previously served as Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr.'s chief of staff. He isn't known for his work in health care, but the White House emphasized his management background and relationships with Congress.  

Democratic Senator: Restrict Africa Visas Due to Ebola

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A Senate Democrat is joining the chorus of calls for travel restrictions from African countries with Ebola outbreaks.  

Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla., is calling for the Obama administration to consider stopping unnecessary travel, such as that not related to providing humanitarian aid. Nelson said he thought this could be done through travel visas in consultation with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  

No Ebola Travel Ban, White House Says

A member of the Cleaning Guys Haz Mat clean up company removes items from the apartment where Ebola patient Thomas Eric Duncan was staying before being admitted to a hospital on October 6 in Dallas. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

The administration is not considering a travel ban on countries with Ebola outbreaks, White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest told reporters Monday.  

Earnest said that the administration is confident with the procedures now in place to prevent outbreaks in the United States, and he noted that it is not spread through the water or the air and requires close contact with the bodily fluids of an infected person.  

Ted Cruz Asks FAA About Ebola Flight Ban

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Sen. Ted Cruz is asking the Federal Aviation Administration what it's doing to prevent the spread of Ebola after the first U.S. diagnosis, which came in his home state.  

"Given the severity of this virus and the fact that its spread to Texas has been associated with travel, it is imperative that the FAA take every available precaution in preventing additional cases from arriving in the United States. As you may be aware, several African nations have already restricted or banned air travel to countries with confirmed cases of the Ebola virus," the Texas Republican wrote in a letter to FAA chief Michael P. Huerta. "British Airways, Emirates Airlines and Kenya Airways have also suspended flights due to the rising death toll and deteriorating public health situation in Ebola-stricken countries."  

House Bill Fully Funds Obama's Ebola Request

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House Republicans plan to fully fund President Barack Obama's $88 million request for countering the Ebola outbreak in a rare win for the administration.  

The GOP isn't going along with many of Obama's other spending priorities — like $3.7 billion he sought to deal with the influx of child migrants at the border with Mexico — and the Ebola money had been in doubt until late Tuesday.