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October 16th, 2014
06:00 PM ET

Democratic lawmaker: Appointing an Ebola czar a good idea

(CNN) – Republican lawmakers have called on the White House to name an Ebola 'czar,' someone to lead the country's response to the deadly disease.

"It is a good idea, because it's not the only crisis, or the problem that we face," said Rep. Jan Schakowsky, D-Illinois.

U.S. health officials were grilled at a congressional hearing Wednesday, questioned and criticized for their response to Ebola thus far.

But Schakowsky, who attended the hearing, said she came away from it confident with "the robust infrastructure of health care" in the U.S.

"I didn't even want to call it a crisis in the United States. We have a crisis in West Africa," she said.

For more of our interview with Rep. Jan Schakowsky, check out the video above.


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