Haiti, the poorest nation in the Western Hemisphere, is struggling to recover from January’s devastating earthquake. The work is complicated by capacity, human, resource, and infrastructure constraints. In response, Representative John Conyers (MI) recently introduced H.R. 6021, the Haiti Emergency Assistance and Reconstruction (HEAR) Act which provides an effective policy framework for long-term recovery and development efforts in Haiti and allocates generous funding over 5 years towards this goal.
As stated in a letter of support for HR 6021, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops and Catholic Relief Services believe that the recovery efforts in Haiti require a strategy for long-term recovery and sustainable development that coordinates different U.S. government agencies in a comprehensive approach while engaging faith-based organizations and other groups with expertise and experience in Haiti. CRS and the USCCB believe that this bill represents a serious effort to address the long-term recovery needs of the Haitian people.
Please contact your Representatives today and urge their support for H.R. 6021 which provides a strategy and funding for long-term reconstruction and development in Haiti.
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