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US threatens to pull aid to Haiti over late vote

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) -- The U.S. government has warned Haiti that it risks losing aid if it doesn't hold elections that are more than two years overdue.

The U.S. Embassy in Port-au-Prince said Thursday that none of the money set aside for the Haitian government by the State Appropriations Act will be available until the U.S. State Department certifies Haiti is "taking steps" to hold the legislative and local votes.

The money at stake is about $300 million that the U.S. Congress allocated for Haiti for fiscal year 2014. The money is earmarked for Haiti's coast guard, health ministry and other projects.

Haitian officials are under pressure to organize the elections for this year. The executive branch and Chamber of Deputies signed an electoral law this month but the Senate has yet to approve.

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hi bev April 25 2014 at 4:45 PM

Just think how many people in this country wouldn't be starving if that money went for food for them.

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johngin1999 April 25 2014 at 1:11 PM

They'll probably vote in Poppa Doc again

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rl8gilson April 25 2014 at 1:06 PM


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johngin1999 rl8gilson April 25 2014 at 1:13 PM

We are 17 TRILLION in debt as a nation and we're GIVING money away?
Pretty soon we'll be a third world nation asking China & Russia for aid.

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William April 25 2014 at 1:04 PM

How bout giving that 300 mill to the washington mudslide victims. US first.

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trifeloco2012 April 25 2014 at 12:54 PM

Land of the free, home of the most backward half A** govt in it's own history.

Let's friggin' fix home first before we throw buckets of money elsewhere.

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dennisandco April 25 2014 at 1:29 PM

Why are we giving any country our money ? We have more than enough people here that needs help . We keep paying more and more taxes and fees for what ! To give to other countries ! I am tried of paying out my butt . Our government doesn't work for the American people , they work for them self's and the rest of the world . What we don't matter except to take our money .

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rgkarasiewicz April 25 2014 at 1:05 PM

The Haitian people would be far better off to refuse any American aid at all, and close down the American owned sweatshops over there.

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medipatient rgkarasiewicz April 25 2014 at 1:11 PM


You have never been to Haiti, and know nothing about what is going on, but you still post just to see your name - you are a joke.

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rgkarasiewicz medipatient April 25 2014 at 1:20 PM

Better stay off the meds today.

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johngin1999 rgkarasiewicz April 25 2014 at 1:15 PM

Closing American owned "sweatshops" & the people will starve to death.
Good call, Einstein. You must be a loony liberal.

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rgkarasiewicz johngin1999 April 25 2014 at 1:25 PM

That might be preferable than to remain a perpetual indebted and impoverished slave of the American capitalist taskmasters.

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What's up Jacky April 25 2014 at 1:02 PM

spend the money in Applachia.

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rgkarasiewicz What's up Jacky April 25 2014 at 1:07 PM

That's a noble thought, but the American predatory capitalists want to keep those sweatshops over there humming.

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johngin1999 rgkarasiewicz April 25 2014 at 1:17 PM

Listen PINKO, if you don't like American predatory capitalism, move Communist Cuba, China, or N. Korea.
I'm sure they will welcome a political critic like you. Bwahahahahahahah
But being the WHIMP that you are you bite the hand that feeds you and are too cowardly to leave this "bad" counrty.

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rgkarasiewicz rgkarasiewicz April 25 2014 at 1:32 PM

I wish that I could leave, but I'lm afraid that the krauts and fascists in this country will pull an Edward Snowden on me, and revoke my passport.

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arthlop1 April 25 2014 at 1:27 PM

Gutless Americans. Just stop it for good. Why should we be paying for their Coast Guard and health Ministry. Our taxes at work for other countries. This must all stop

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Michael arthlop1 April 25 2014 at 3:23 PM

Haiti needs help, earthquake or not. Celebrities seem to be doing better work there than any governments, and the government gets in their way.

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reliance1202 April 25 2014 at 12:40 PM

Stop giving OUR F.........ing money away to losers!!!!!!

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rgkarasiewicz reliance1202 April 25 2014 at 1:02 PM

They're not actually giving away any money per se as you can be sure that they will get something at least as much in return.

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