US Aid For Haiti Being Held Up By One Republican

haiti earthquakeEarlier this week, the Associated Press reported that “not one cent of US Aid promised to Haiti has been spent”.  It has been nine months since the US promised nearly $1.15 billion in aid to assist in rebuilding a country that was absolutely devastated by an earthquake.

This is inexcusable.  What’s even more inexcusable is the reason why the money hasn’t been spent.

It seems that Senator Tom Coburn (R-OK) is single-handedly holding up the authorization bill over what most consider to be a trivial objection.  He’s objecting over the creation of a Senior Haiti Coordinator position.  A job, presumably, which as part of the duties would oversee how the reconstruction money is being spent.  According to his office:

“He is holding the bill because it includes an unnecessary senior Haiti coordinator when we already have one” in U.S. Ambassador Kenneth Merten, Coburn spokeswoman Becky Bernhardt said.


Now, I don’t normally do this, but I think it is incumbent upon my readers to call the good Senator’s office and let him know, respectfully of course, how you feel about his grandstanding over 0.09% of the US aid money being more important to him than the thousands of people in Haiti without homes, schools, hospitals, and clean drinking water.

Sen. Coburn

Washington: 202-224-5754

Tulsa: 918-581-7651

Oklahoma City: 405-231-4941


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  3. I am to believe that Clinton can sign an executive order to go to war in Kosovo but Obama can’t sign one to borrow money from the Cinese and give it to the Hatians? Really?

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