From: The Honorable Donald M. Payne, Jr.
Sent By:
Erika.Brown@mail.house.gov

Date: 9/14/2016

DEADLINE: FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 16, 2016 at NOON
Join Letter to Support Reauthorization of Temporary Protected Status for Ebola Affected Countries
Current signers: Payne, Jr., Serrano, Clarke, Cicilline, Cummings, Crowley, Moore, McGovern, Velázquez
Dear Colleague,
Please join us in writing to express support for the reauthorization of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone due to continued impact of the outbreak of Ebola Virus Disease in West Africa. The Department of Homeland Security designated Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone for TPS in November 2014. The affected countries continue to face a state of public health emergency.
We are writing to urge Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson to redesignate and extend the existing TPS designation for the affected countries for eighteen months, from November 21, 2016 through May 21, 2018.
The lingering effects due to the outbreak of Ebola and continued recovery challenges support this eighteen month extension.
Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone continue to face a state of public health emergency. As recently as August 2016, Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf wrote that due to damaged infrastructure, “desperate shortages” of health
workers, and economic losses, including the unwillingness of some investors to return, Liberia is “in a severely weakened condition” and “will take years” to recover. While the affected countries have made great strides in eradicating Ebola, extreme health,
economic, and societal conditions continue to exist.
If you have any questions or wish to join us on this letter, please contact Erika Brown (Rep. Payne, Jr.) at
Erika.Brown@mail.house.gov, Matt Alpert (Rep. Serrano) at
Matthew.Alpert@mail.house.gov, or Harry Baumgarten (Rep. Clarke) at
Harry.Baumgarten@mail.house.gov.
Sincerely,
Donald M. Payne, Jr.
MEMBER OF CONGRESS
José E. Serrano
MEMBER OF CONGRESS
Yvette D. Clarke
MEMBER OF CONGRESS