Katie Grant, 202-225-3130
WASHINGTON, DC - Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) released the following statement today on the one year anniversary of the devastating earthquake in Haiti:
“A year ago today, our neighbor Haiti was struck by a devastating earthquake that killed hundreds of thousands and left many more homeless. As we mark this sad anniversary, our thoughts are with the victims and all those still struggling to recover and rebuild. Today is a day to take stock of those recovery efforts, which are still far from finished.
“The United States has been proud to contribute to the recovery and to support the international organizations and humanitarian groups doing such heroic work on the ground; last August, I led a Congressional delegation to Haiti to assess those efforts firsthand. But a great deal of work remains. Haiti’s weak public health systems have struggled to keep up with the ongoing cholera outbreak, and Haiti’s women are threatened by increasing rates of gender-based violence. Nor will a full recovery be possible until Haiti resolves the months-long political deadlock in the wake of November’s disputed presidential election. The Haitian people deserve an accountable, democratic government that puts their needs first. And they deserve neighbors, like the United States, ready to help their nation work its way to recovery and self-sufficiency. I hope that we can use this anniversary to rededicate ourselves to that work, and that the people of Haiti will demand that their government step up as a partner in the effort.”