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February 12, 2010

Pelosi heads to Haiti to survey earthquake damage

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi will be part of a bipartisan congressional delegation headed to Haiti today.

Pelosi said the group is going "to demonstrate the ongoing American commitment to the Haitian people – that they will not be forsaken or forgotten.

"First and foremost, our delegation goes to pay our respects to the Haitian people who are suffering from the tragedy. It is also crucial that the House and Senate – on a bipartisan basis – have the opportunity to examine the ongoing reconstruction efforts ahead of the U.S. Congress considering long-term assistance for Haiti."

She said the delegation will assess the U.S. government’s response to the earthquake and survey the devastation. It's also scheduled to meet with Haitian government officials, including President Rene Preval and Prime Minister Jean-Max Bellerive. The itinerary also includes visits to aid distribution sites and medical facilities, and meetings with officials from the U.S. military, USAID, the United Nations, and humanitarian organizations that are working to help the people of Haiti recover from the earthquake.


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Should I laugh before or after Pelosi returns? I'm sure they will be impressed.

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