01/10/2020 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 01/10/2020 12:57
WASHINGTON, DC - Congresswoman Nita Lowey (D-NY17/Rockland-Westchester), Chair of the House Appropriations Committee, issued the following statement on the anniversary of the devastating earthquake in Haiti:
'On Sunday, we mark 10 years since Haiti was struck by a devastating earthquake, leading to one of the worst natural disasters in modern history and claiming 200,000 innocent Haitian lives. As a strong supporter of the U.S.-Haiti relationship, I am proud of U.S. investments over the last decade to help the Haitian people rebuild and recover.
'In my last year as Chairwoman of the House Appropriations Committee and its Subcommittee on State and Foreign Operations, I remain deeply committed to continuing these investments. These resources have not only supported recovery programs, but also efforts to spur economic development, encourage democratic governance, and support human rights for all Haitian people.
'But Haiti's consistent political and economic turmoil has made any significant improvement near impossible. The country has experienced almost constant protests and instability in the past 18 months, leading to dysfunction and suffering at new levels. The people of Haiti deserve so much better. I will continue to stand with the Haitian people and urge all those involved in Haiti's current political stalemate to find a clear path forward for a democratic, functioning government.'