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.
- EnactedAugust 8th, 2014The President signed this bill into law
- The house Passed July 25th, 2014Passed by Voice Vote
- The senate Passed July 10th, 2014Passed by Voice Vote
Senate Committee on Foreign RelationsIntroducedJune 6th, 2013
- senate Committees
What is it?
The bill impacts oversight of aid given to Haiti following the 2010 earthquake.
The CBO estimates a cost of $1 million over the 2015-2019 period.
The Center for Economic and Policy Research reports that
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.