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Congresswoman Maxine Waters

Representing the 43rd District of California

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May 2, 2011 Press Release

Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) issued the following statement after President Obama announced late last night that Osama bin Laden was killed in a raid by U.S. military and intelligence personnel:

"The death of Osama bin Laden, almost a decade after he orchestrated the murder of 3,000 innocent American citizens and foreign nationals, is a significant milestone and a welcome development in our fight against al Qaeda.

April 4, 2011 Press Release

Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) issued the following statement today after Rev. Terry Jones' burning of the Quran sparked protests in Afghanistan over the weekend, killing civilians and United Nations personnel:

April 1, 2011 In The News
by Melissa Evans

Members of the South Bay's large Japanese community frantically tried to contact friends and relatives as news of the devastation from Friday's 8.9 earthquake unfolded.

Officials from Torrance and Gardena sent messages and called community members in their respective sister cities, Kashiwa and Ichikawa, trying to make sure they survived Japan's massive temblor and ensuing tsunami.

March 11, 2011 Press Release

Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-Calif.), who represents a district with a strong Japanese-American community, issued the following statement today after an 8.9 magnitude earthquake and subsequent tsunami devastated northern Japan, leaving hundreds dead, thousands missing, and infrastructure decimated:

February 11, 2011 Press Release

Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) issued the following statement today, commemorating the 21st anniversary of Nelson Mandela's release from Victor Verster Prison in South Africa:

"I'll never forget February 11, 1990, the day that Nelson Mandela walked out of the darkness of an unjust 27 year prison sentence, and into the light of a life with much more to accomplish for a nation on the verge of historic change.

February 11, 2011 Press Release

The House Financial Services Committee adopted an amendment by Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA) to conduct oversight over the situation in Haiti one year after a devastating earthquake and relief and reconstruction efforts in the country.  She offered the amendment jointly with Congresswoman Carolyn McCarthy (D-NY) during a markup of the Committee's oversight plan for the 112th Congress.  The amendment was adopted by the Committee without opposition by a voice vote.

February 4, 2011 In The News

by Clarens Renois

Haiti's fraud-tainted ruling party candidate was pulled from the presidential race on Thursday in a move widely welcomed as good for stability after months of deep political uncertainty.

The decision to reverse the results of disputed first round polls in November was met with calm on the streets of the quake-hit Caribbean nation, which has endured decades of political upheaval, dictatorship and bloodshed.

February 4, 2011 In The News

Haiti's decision to eliminate the government-backed candidate from a presidential runoff won praise from foreign powers Thursday, and the U.S. and others signaled they would agree with President Rene Preval staying in office for a few months past the end of his term.

February 3, 2011 Press Release

Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) issued the following statement today after Haiti's Provisional Electoral Council (CEP) announced that Michel ‘Sweet Micky' Martelly and Mirlande Manigat will advance to a second round runoff next month in that nation's presidential election, which is consistent with the recommendations included in a report from the Organization of American States (OAS):

January 19, 2011 In The News

A U.S. congresswoman with long-standing interest in Haiti says she is worried that wealthy Haitians may have promoted the return of former dictator Jean-Claude Duvalier, hoping to benefit if he returns to power.

Rep. Maxine Waters said late Tuesday she was concerned that Duvalier's wealthy supporters may have tried to take advantage of an electoral dispute that has forced delays in a presidential runoff vote. She says a power vacuum is possible when President Rene Preval leaves office on Feb. 7.

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