Unbelievably, as of September 29th 2010, no rebuilding aid from the USA, over $1 billion, has arrived. And its down to one person in the US Senate, Tom Coburn, Think Progress reports.
Yet the Associated Press (AP) reports today that “not a cent of the $1.15 billionthe 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). […more…]