Kevin Bishop (864) 250-1417 or Lorcan Connick (202) 224-5972WASHINGTON -U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) today made this statement after speaking with the President of Liberia Ellen Johnson Sirleaf about combating the spread of Ebola. Graham is the top Republican on the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs.
"Liberia is one of the United States' best friends on the African continent and, today, I spoke with President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf about the Ebola crisis plaguing her nation.
"Ebola continues to do tremendous damage to the Liberian people and those in surrounding nations. President Sirleaf made it clear that she personally, along with the Liberian people, is truly appreciative of the recent decision by President Obama to send up to 3,000 American troops to help combat the spread of Ebola. The assistance and investment we are providing today will hopefully prevent a wider spreading of Ebola and allow us to contain this deadly outbreak.
"As the ranking Republican on the Foreign Ops subcommittee, I support the deployment of United States forces, as well as funding, to try and contain this serious health care problem facing the African continent and the world at large.
"Finally, I told President Sirleaf that the Liberian people, along with those in surrounding nations, are in the thoughts and prayers of many South Carolinians during these trying times."