WESTFIELD, N.J. --- Congressman Leonard Lance (NJ-07) today applauded the Obama Administration’s announcement that enhanced screening measures aimed at finding travelers infected with Ebola will be utilized at five of the busiest international airports in the United States, including Newark Liberty and JFK.

“Today’s announcement by the Obama Administration is an important step toward containing the Ebola and protecting our citizens from the deadly virus,” said the 7th District lawmaker who last week called for stricter screening at U.S. ports of entry. 

Federal health and homeland security agencies will be be sending additional staff to put into place enhanced screening procedures at Newark, JFK, Washington-Dulles, Chicago-O'Hare, and Atlanta International.  Together, these five airports receive 94 percent of passengers traveling here from Ebola-affected nations, with nearly half of the passengers traveling through JFK.

As a member of the House Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee, Congressman Lance has been receiving regular, bipartisan briefings from the CDC for the last several weeks regarding the outbreak and agency’s preparedness.  The Committee’s Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee is expected to hold a hearing on the Ebola response on Oct. 16.

“The Energy and Commerce Committee will continue to play an important oversight role to ensure that federal health and homeland security agencies are working hand-in-hand on securing our Nation’s borders and screening travelers arriving from Ebola-stricken areas abroad," concluded Lance.