Houses Passes Assessing Progress in Haiti Act of 2013

This year, the MCC Washington Office has asked for your support in urging Congress to pass the “Assessing Progress in Haiti Act.” This legislation would help increase transparency and accountability of U.S. aid efforts in Haiti by requiring Congress to receive comprehensive updates from the State Department on how the funds are being spent. These updates and reports will give Congress more thorough oversight to the disaster reconstruction process.

On December 12, the “Assessing Progress in Haiti Act” (H.R. 3509) passed the House. This bipartisan legislation was sponsored by Congresswoman Barbara Lee (D-Calif.) and is similar to previous legislation on aid transparency in Haiti.

“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 by ensuring that relief and reconstruction funds are effectively spent to maximize their long term impact. We need to make certain that the people of Haiti are on the road to recovery and not forgotten,” said Congresswoman Lee prior to the passing of the bill.

Thank you to everyone who contacted their Representative and urged them to support the Assessing Progress in Haiti Act. The bill now moves to the Senate.

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