Monday, December 16, 2013

U.S. Congresswoman Barbara Lee Hails Passage of Assessing Progress in Haiti Act

Washington, D.C. —Today, Congresswoman Barbara Lee hailed the passage of her legislation, H.R. 3509, the Assessing Progress in Haiti Act of 2013, which would require a comprehensive report updating Congress on the progress of the post-earthquake humanitarian, reconstruction, and development efforts in Haiti.

The bipartisan H.R. 3509 is similar to previous legislation introduced by Congresswoman Lee and is aimed at improving the effectiveness and efficiency of the U.S. Government’s aid efforts in Haiti. The most recent bill takes into account the recommendations made by a recent GAO report and reinstitutes a more robust and comprehensive State Department reporting requirement. This new requirement will provide lawmakers with additional information on disaster reconstruction efforts in Haiti and allow for increased transparency and a more thorough oversight process.

“The Haitian people have continued to demonstrate resiliency, strength, and bravery despite the tragic events that have occurred. It is beyond time that in turn, Congress supports Haiti to ensure that relief and reconstruction funds in Haiti are effectively spent to maximize their long term impact,” said Congresswoman Barbara Lee.

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