H.R. 1016: Assessing Progress in Haiti Act

H.R. 1016

Assessing Progress in Haiti Act

Sponsor
Rep. Barbara Lee

Date
May 10, 2011 (112th Congress, 1st Session)

Staff Contact
Communications

Floor Situation

On Tuesday, May 10, 2011, the House is scheduled consider H.R. 1016 under a suspension of the rules, requiring a two-thirds majority vote for passage.  The resolution was introduced by Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA) on March 10, 2011, and referred to the Committee on Foreign Affairs.  The full Committee considered the bill and held a mark-up session on April 14, 2011, with the bill passing by voice vote.

Bill Summary

H.R. 1016 would direct the President to submit a report to Congress, within six months from the date of enactment of this Act, regarding the status of post-earthquake humanitarian, reconstruction, and development efforts in Haiti, including efforts to prevent the spread of cholera and treat persons infected with the disease.

Background

On January 12, 2010, an earthquake measuring 7.0 on the Richter magnitude scale struck the country of Haiti.  According to the United States Geological Survey (USGS), the earthquake epicenter was located approximately 15 miles southwest of Port-au-Prince, the capital of Haiti.  

Statistics from the Government of Haiti report that more than 316,000 people died as a result of the earthquake, including 103 citizens of the United States and more than 100 United Nations personnel.

According to the United Nations and the International Organization for Migration, an estimated 3,000,000 people were directly affected by the disaster, nearly one-third of the country’s population, and more than 2,100,000 people were displaced from their homes to settlements.

The United States has provided more than $62 million worth of assistance to combat the cholera epidemic, including by assisting with stockpiling health commodities, equipping cholera treatment centers, providing public information, and improving water and sanitation systems.

Cost

The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimates that the cost of producing such a report required by this bill would be less than $500,000 in 2012, which would be direct spending. Enacting H.R. 1016 would not affect revenues.  Pay-as-you-go procedures apply because enacting the legislation would affect direct spending; however, CBO estimates those effects would be insignificant.