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senate Bill S. 1104

Assessing Aid Dollars to Haiti

Argument in favor

Would provide better oversight, accountability, and transparency of Haitian aid funds.

Argument opposed

Spends a quarter-million a year for four years on reports to Congress.

bill Progress

  • EnactedAugust 8th, 2014
    The President signed this bill into law
  • The house Passed July 25th, 2014
    Passed by Voice Vote
  • The senate Passed July 10th, 2014
    Passed by Voice Vote
      senate Committees
      Committee on Foreign Relations
    IntroducedJune 6th, 2013

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What is Senate Bill S. 1104?

This bill directs the Secretary of State to report to Congress annually through December 31, 2017, on the status of post-earthquake recovery and development efforts in Haiti. The bill also directs the Secretary, through the Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs, to coordinate and transmit to Congress a three-year Haiti strategy that: (1) identifies constraints to economic growth and to consolidation of democratic government institutions; (2) includes an action plan that outlines policy tools, technical assistance, and resources for addressing the highest-priority constraints; and (3) identifies specific steps and benchmarks to provide direct bilateral assistance to the government of Haiti.


The bill impacts oversight of aid given to Haiti following the 2010 earthquake.

Cost of Senate Bill S. 1104

$1.00 Billion
The CBO estimates a cost of $1 million over the 2015-2019 period.

More Information


Much of the U.S. government aid earmarked for Haiti following the quake has gone to foreign contractors, providing little benefit to Haitian businesses, organizations or workers. 67.1 percent of USAID contracts has gone to Beltway-based firms, while just 1.3 percent has gone to Haitian companies. The Haitian government has also largely been bypassed as aid funds have gone to foreign contractors, international agencies and the many groups that populate what is known as the “republic of NGOs.” Of the $6.43 billion disbursed by bilateral and multilateral donors to Haiti from 2010-2012, just 9 percent went through the Haitian government.


Assessing Progress in Haiti Act of 2014

Official Title

A bill to measure the progress of recovery and development efforts in Haiti following the earthquake of January 12, 2010, and for other purposes.

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