Alexander Statement on Obama’s Appointment of Ron Klain

Posted on October 17, 2014

Memphis, Oct. 17 - U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today released the following statement about the president’s appointment of Ron Klain to serve as coordinator of the administration’s Ebola response:

“The president already has too many White House staff 'czars' who are not accountable to Congress. I urged the president two weeks ago to designate immediately an individual to coordinate a more urgent Ebola response. I had in mind a cabinet-level official with the skills of a four-star general or admiral who had a broad public health background and would be accountable to Congress. That kind of action would give Americans confidence about our government's response to Ebola."