Haiti Oversight Bill Clears US House, Moves to Senate

Two children watch a man shovel gravel used for repairing houses in Haiti. The U.S. House of Representatives passed a reform proposal requiring the Obama administration to provide a report detailing the status of humanitarian, development and reconstruction efforts in Haiti. Photo by: Kendra Helmer / USAID

The U.S. House of Representatives passed by voice vote on Tuesday (May 10) a reform proposal requiring the Obama administration to submit a report detailing the status of humanitarian, development and reconstruction efforts in Haiti.

The proposal, known as House Resolution 1016 or the “Assessing Progress in Haiti Act,” will now move to the Senate for consideration and approval.

If the bill is enacted, U.S. President Barack Obama will have six months from the time it was approved to consult with government agencies involved in Haiti and submit to Congress a detailed report on the following:

- Overall progress of U.S. recovery, relief and reconstruction work in the country, including its efforts to address the cholera epidemic.- The extent to which U.S. and international programs are attuned to the priorities of the Haitian government.- Coordination among U.S. agencies and between the U.S., United Nations and other bilateral donors. - Mechanisms used to communicate the progress of reconstruction and recovery efforts to the Haitian public. - Ways through which Haiti’s civil society and diaspora are involved in recovery and reconstruction programs.

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