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Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) honored Nelson Mandela, the former President of South Africa, on the occasion of his 93rd birthday. Nelson Mandela served 27 years in prison in South Africa for his opposition to the racist system of apartheid. Following his release from prison in 1990, he negotiated an end to apartheid in South Africa. He was elected President of South Africa in the country's first free, multi-racial, democratic elections and served in that position from 1994 to 1999. Congresswoman Waters sent him the following birthday message:
Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-Calif.), a strong advocate for the Haitian people in the U.S. Congress, spoke today from the House floor in support of H.R. 1016 - Assessing Progress in Haiti Act. The bill later passed the House without opposition.
Below are the Congresswoman's remarks as prepared for delivery:
"I rise to support this bill to measure the progress of recovery efforts in Haiti following last year's devastating earthquake, and I thank my friend and colleague, Congresswoman Barbara Lee, for introducing this bill.
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.
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:
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.