Hastings Introduces the Haitian Educational Empowerment Act of 2019

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Washington, D.C., January 17, 2019 | comments

Today, Congressman Alcee L. Hastings (D-FL) made the following statement after introducing the Haitian Educational Empowerment Act of 2019, legislation establishing a scholarship for Haitian students whose studies were interrupted by the 2010 earthquake or Hurricane Matthew. Joining Hastings in introducing the legislation were Representatives Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Ted Deutch (D-FL), Marcia Fudge (D-OH), Nita Lowey (D-NY), Henry C. “Hank” Johnson, Jr. (D-GA), Yvette Clarke (D-NY), Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL), Darren Soto (D-FL), Raul Grijalva (D-AZ), Frederica Wilson (D-FL), and Andy Levin (D-MI).  (Please find a copy of the bill attached.)

“I am pleased to introduce the Haitian Educational Empowerment Act of 2019, legislation that establishes a scholarship program for Haitian students whose studies were interrupted by the 2010 earthquake or Hurricane Matthew. Those of us who care about Haiti and its’ diaspora know that it remains on the road to recovery. The rebuilding continues from not only Hurricane Matthew, but also the 2010 earthquake and Cholera outbreak, all of which have been roadblocks to Haiti’s full recovery. These disasters claimed the lives of thousands of people, displaced over 175,000 Haitians, and severely damaged many of Haiti’s institutions of education.

“The scholarships made available through this legislation will ensure that Haiti has access to the future teachers, doctors, lawyers and civil servants it will need to realize its full potential with strong democratic institutions and a robust economy. I look forward to working with my colleagues to ensure the passage of this important legislation.”

Congressman Alcee L. Hastings serves as the Vice Chairman House Rules Committee, Chairman-designate of the U.S. Helsinki Commission, and Dean and Co-Chairman of the Florida Delegation.

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