Congressman Gregory W. Meeks Statement on Haiti Amendment to UNPFA Cutting Bill

Oct 6, 2011

Congressman Gregory W. Meeks Statement on Haiti Amendment to UNPFA Cutting Bill

(WASHINGTON, DC)– Congressman Gregory W. Meeks (NY-6), Senior Member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee and House Financial Services Committee released the following statement:

Today I introduced an amendment to ensure that the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) can continue to carry out its crucial work in catastrophe stricken Haiti.

UNFPA is the provider of services to mothers and children in impoverished nations across the globe, including Haiti, and I am at a loss to explain or even understand why Republican Members of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs today marshaled a bill through the committee that would deny people in dire need the help provided by this UN agency.

US funding for health kits, STD treatment, critical support for under-served maternity clinics and post-rape care in Haiti could be a thing of the past if this legislation is allowed to proceed.

One in every 47 pregnancies in Haiti turns fatal during delivery, and ideological GOP grandstanding could force the United States to turn a blind eye to this inhumanity.

How quickly my Republican colleagues have forgotten their pledges to rebuild Haiti.

I am profoundly disappointed that my amendment did not pass and that the Republican bill to cut US funding for UNFPA was allowed to pass on a pure party-line vote.