Mother Jones January/February 2011 issue
Who’s come through—and who hasn’t—on billions of dollars in Haiti recovery pledges.
US GOVERNMENT: “Help is arriving. Much, much more help is on the way,” President Obama said two days after the quake. Three months later, Secretary of State Clinton announced that the US would give Haiti $1.15 billion for reconstruction. USAID has in fact delivered (PDF) more than $1 billion of emergency aid, but only $120 million of the promised reconstruction funds has arrived—thanks to the slow-moving bureaucracy of the appropriations process. Sen. John Kerry (PDF) (D-Mass.) has sponsored legislation authorizing up to $500 million in additional assistance in 2011, but Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) has put a hold (PDF) on the bill.
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