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Congress Passes U.S. Rep. Waters' Resolution Congratulating the People of Haiti and President-Elect Rene Preval

July 21, 2009
Press Release

Yesterday, the U.S. House of Representatives unanimously passed U.S. Representative Maxine Waters' (CA-35) Resolution commending the people of Haiti for democratic elections and congratulating the President-elect of Haiti Rene Garcia Preval on his victory. 

"I have always been deeply concerned about poor and developing countries and particularly Haiti," Waters said. "The people of Haiti deserve the same compassion, support and opportunity, as other debt-ridden countries and fledgling democracies.  The newly-elected government will need both financial and technical assistance to begin the difficult task of national reconciliation and re-development."

Congresswoman Waters has been a leader in debt relief for poor countries.  Last year, she re-introduced the JUBILEE Act, a bill to cancel the debts of 50 of the world's poorest countries - including Haiti.  In addition to passing the Resolution, Congresswoman Waters urged the U.S. Congress to support President Bush's Aid package request for Haiti in the Foreign Ops Appropriations bill for Fiscal Year '07.
"Last week, I visited Haiti with Congressman Mark Foley (FL) to re-affirm the commitment of the Congress to the success of Haiti," said Rep. Waters.  "I urge President Bush and my colleagues, on both sides of the aisle, to put actions behind words and support this very important request for the government and for the people of Haiti."

"This successful election is a victory for Democracy and a victory for the people of Haiti," Rep. Waters continued.  "Let's now begin the process of improving the lives of the Haitian people and move forward in a bipartisan effort to help the people of Haiti build a better future for themselves and for their country."