Waylaid Dialectic

October 6, 2010

Meanwhile in an example of evil at work…

Filed under: Aid — terence @ 4:39 pm
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From Think Progress:

Last spring, the United States pledged nearly $1.2 billion in emergency aid to Haiti following its tragic earthquake that left hundreds of thousands of people dead and many more homeless.

Yet the Associated Press (AP) reports today that “not a cent of the $1.15 billion the U.S. promised for rebuilding has arrived” to Haitians who badly the need the aid. This summer, both the House and the Senate passed a bill that would make $917 million available for Haiti reconstruction aid. Yet Congress must also pass an authorization bill that directs exactly how the money will be spent, and thus far, the U.S. Senate has failed to do.

The AP conducted its own investigation of why the Senate has failed to pass the authorization bill, and it discovered that a single senator “pulled it for further study.” After calling dozens of senators’ offices, the AP discovered that the senator holding up the bill is Tom Coburn (R-OK). Coburn spokeswoman Becky Berhardt explained that the reason he is holding up the bill is because he objects to the creation of a senior Haiti coordinator — a position that would cost a paltry $5 million over five years — when the United States currently has an ambassador to the country…While Coburn continues to hold up much-needed reconstruction aid over a relatively meaningless objection, “just 2 percent of [Haiti’s earthquake] rubble has been cleared and 13,000 temporary shelters have been built – less than 10 percent of the number planned.” There are estimated to be 1.3 million Haitians still homeless as a result of the earthquake.

Lost. For. Words.

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3 Comments

  1. effing Republican bastards.

    Comment by J. — October 8, 2010 @ 2:35 pm

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  3. Yeah. I’ll say, it beggars belief. Funnily enough we had a commentator on Australian Radio yesterday morning discussing the delays and blaming ‘bureaucratic hurdles’, which is a funny phrase to describe political opportunism of the worst type.

    Comment by terence — October 9, 2010 @ 8:33 am


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