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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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TOM April 25 2014 at 7:55 AM


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LENWELL April 25 2014 at 10:35 AM

Haiti is just one country we give aid to and have no way of monitoring the way it is distributed and used. Multiply that by the billions given to third world countries and some of our so called allies like Saudi Arabia et al and you get some idea of our Governments incompetence in overseeing the way our citizens hard earned tax money is spent.

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gserlin April 25 2014 at 10:37 AM

Based upon a long history, whatever elections are held in Haiti, no matter the result, will not result in a constitutional, democratic, competent government. In the words of Hillary: "What difference, at this point, does it make?"

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thoramon April 25 2014 at 10:38 AM

Hay Washington, How about some aid for our own (Not Welfare) family's, schools, ect here in the USA. You work for us remember.

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hunt3r April 25 2014 at 12:49 AM

Folks you don't know how your government works.
Foreign aid is Not a check in the mail. That was tried, and the money went to numbered Swiss accounts. Especially money to Haiti. Foreign aid is a "gift card" of American Products. Yes foreign aid is employing your neighbor. The contractors selling Foreign aid is the usual group of vetted corporations. It is easier to monitor and they understand what expectations are. Foreign aid is diplomatic manipulation. Much cheaper than landing the Marines somewhere.

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poncee22 April 25 2014 at 12:44 AM

I wish the US would pull the $4.3 billion they give Pakistan every year.

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betnes April 25 2014 at 10:41 AM

Money needs to stay here first abouve all like Obama care bull **** . then cutting Social security medical and perscription . to go with out medical help cant live and pay bills and pay for for way over chargeing for medical Insurence .

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Tim betnes April 25 2014 at 10:59 AM

52 billion each and every year is given to countries that hate us and fight us. Please keep our money here!

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dhartson April 25 2014 at 10:44 AM

we have paid enough! END THE MONEY !!!

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Ginny April 25 2014 at 10:44 AM

Sad to say aid to Haiti will not change the goverment of Haiti. The money is not spend on the people. Thus the rich get richer and the poor die.

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barryaclarke April 25 2014 at 12:21 AM

This money really belongs to China and the we are tossing it around like it belongs to the United States. 300 million here, a few billion there, who cares because it will become all but worthless in the soon future...............

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