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Jubilee Act Halfway There!

April 22, 2008 Half-Hour for Haiti:  Jubilee Act Halfway There! Update: Great News- the Jubilee Act, including Rep. Alcee Hastings’ Haiti amendment, passed the U.S. House of Representatives last Tuesday, by a comfortable 285-132 margin, including 69 Republicans (click here for votes). Many of the yea votes, especially on the Republican side, came from districts where Haiti supporters have been educating their representatives. So take some to celebrate- your calls, letters and meetings made a difference! The Jubilee Act is quickly going before the Senate- the Foreign Relations Committee will take it up the Senate version of the bill, S. 2166, Thursday, April 24. Eleven of the twenty one members of the Committee are already co-sponsors.Haitian death squad leader Emmanuel Constant’s bank fraud trial in New York is scheduled to start on May 6, and last for a month. The […]

Press Release – House Financial Services committee passes congresswoman waters’ bill to cancel poor country debts

PRESS RELEASE   For Immediate Release�������������������������������������������������������������������� Contact:� Mikael Moore April 3, 2008������������������������������������������������������������������������������������� (202) 225-2201     HOUSE FINANCIAL SERVICES COMMITTEE PASSES CONGRESSWOMAN WATERS� BILL TO CANCEL POOR COUNTRY DEBTS   Washington, D.C. � Today, the Financial Services Committee of the House of Representatives passed Congresswoman Maxine Waters� debt relief bill, H.R. 2634, Jubilee Act, by a voice vote. �The Jubilee Act will free up resources for poverty reduction in some of the poorest countries in the world.� I am proud that my colleagues on the Financial Services Committee had the foresight to support debt cancellation to help people in poverty.� I look forward to the passage of the Jubilee Act by the full House of Representatives,� said Congresswoman Waters. The Jubilee Act expands debt cancellation for impoverished countries, provided that they commit to use the savings to reduce poverty.� The […]

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