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Sen. Grassley sponsors Ebola control bill

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (KWWL) -

Senator Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) introduced new legislation that would ban people living in Ebola-affected countries from gaining entry visas to the United States.

The “Keeping American Safe from Ebola Act of 2014” would not affect aid workers and foreign military that must travel to the U.S.

“The Ebola virus outbreak has wreaked havoc on several West African countries and has threatened the United States. To protect our security, we must stop Ebola at its source. The best way to make this happen is to cease issuing visas or restricting entry to people from countries that are most impacted. The fact of the matter is that these countries simply don't have the standards in place to properly screen travelers entering the United States,” Grassley said.

Grassley joins Senators Marco Rubio, Pat Roberts and others in sponsoring the legislation.

A release from the Senator's department cites a State Department statistic that 6,398 visas were issued to people living in countries ravaged by Ebola between March and Sept. 2014.

Grassley said he's received numerous calls in favor of the ban.

The proposed legislation would expire 60 days after the Centers for Disease Control declares the Ebola outbreak under control. It would also require President Obama to give monthly status updates to Congress on the outbreak.

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