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Congresswoman Maxine Waters

Representing the 43rd District of California


I have long been an advocate for the people of Haiti, the poorest nation in the Western Hemisphere. I have traveled extensively to the country both before and after the January 12th, 2010 earthquake, and know that the Haitian people are a proud and resilient people. 

Some of my work includes securing debt relief for Haiti from multilateral financial institutions like the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund, and advocating for stronger democratic and electoral processes in the country.

I am impressed by the international community's assistance to Haiti in its time of need, and I am hopeful for the country's future. We must remain committed to the long-term recovery of Haiti. 

In this section you can read about some my work, as well as watch and listen to television and radio interviews I conducted in the days, weeks, and months following the earthquake.

Watch Congresswoman Waters on MSNBC, discussing her reaction to the disaster in Haiti

Watch Congresswoman Waters on CNN, discussing her reaction to the disaster in Haiti

More on Haiti

April 14, 2010 Press Release
Haiti Debt Relief final passage
April 14, 2010 Floor Statement
HR 4573 Opening Statement
April 14, 2010 In The News


Congress is calling for the United States to take the lead in relieving earthquake-shattered Haiti of its estimated $828 million debt to international institutions.

The House approved by voice vote Wednesday and sent to President Barack Obama legislation that instructs U.S. directors at the International Monetary Fund and other global development institutions to use their votes and influence to cancel Haiti's debt.

Debt relief is one of several approaches to helping Haiti recover from the January earthquake that took an estimated 230,000 lives.

April 7, 2010 In The News

by Tanu Henry

For more than two decades now, Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) has been a diehard supporter of Haiti.

In the United States Congress, and beyond those halls, she has been one of the few consistent voices speaking out about the problems of Haiti and on behalf of Haitians at home and those living in, or immigrating to, the U.S.

March 24, 2010 Press Release
Programmatic requests FY 2011
March 12, 2010 In The News

by Cynthia Gordy

Los Angeles Representative Maxine Waters was one of the first members of Congress to visit Haiti in January after a major earthquake ravaged the island nation. As stories have faded from headlines, she has stayed focused on relief. White House correspondent Cynthia Gordy spoke with Waters days before her second mission to Port-au-Prince, about challenges in the recovery, criticism of the official in charge of U.S. aid and her goal to wipe out Haiti's debt.

March 12, 2010 In The News

by Jim Lobe

With U.S. President Barack Obama preparing to host Haitian President Rene Preval at the White House Wednesday, Congress is moving quickly to show support for far-reaching debt relief and additional aid for the earthquake-stricken Caribbean nation.

March 11, 2010 Press Release
Haiti debt relief, 2nd trip
March 5, 2010 In The News

A House panel approved a resolution aimed at easing Haiti's debt burden to help with reconstruction efforts in the wake of the devastating January 12 earthquake.

The House Financial Services Subcommittee on International Monetary Policy, Trade and Technology approved a measure directing US representatives to the IMF, the World Bank, and the Inter-American Development Bank (IADB) and other international organizations to work for Haitian debt relief.