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Haiti trade bill heads to Obama for signature

(Reuters) – A bill to help Haiti rebuild after its devastating earthquake by opening the U.S. market to more clothes made in the Caribbean nation was headed on Friday to President Barack Obama for his signature. The U.S. Senate approved the bipartisan Haiti Economic Lift Program (HELP) Act on voice vote late on Thursday, one day after the House of Representatives approved the measure. “Improving access to the U.S. market for Haitian textile and apparel products is a widely-supported, common-sense approach to provide long-term support for a lasting recovery in Haiti,” Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus, a Democrat, said in a statement. The clothing sector accounted for 75 percent of Haiti’s export earnings and employed more than 25,000 people before the January 12 earthquake that killed more than 300,000. “This bill reflects a carefully crafted bipartisan, bicameral compromise that […]

Senators Baucus, Levin, Grassley, Camp, Rangel Introduce Bill to Speed Haiti’s Earthquake Recovery

United States Senate Committee on Finance Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus (D-Mont.) and House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Sander Levin (D-Mich.), along with Finance Ranking Member Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), Ways and Means Ranking Member Dave Camp (R-Mich.) and Rep. Charles B. Rangel (D-N.Y.) introduced legislation today to help speed Haiti’s economic recovery following the devastating January earthquake that shattered the country’s economy.  The Haiti Economic Lift Program (HELP) Act, introduced in both the House and Senate today, expands duty-free access to the U.S. market for Haitian textile and apparel exports and extends existing trade preference programs for Haiti through 2020. “The devastating earthquake in Haiti took the lives – and livelihoods – of hundreds of thousands of our neighbors in Haiti, and they need our help to begin rebuilding their country,” Baucus said. “By improving access to the […]

Lawmakers Agree on Trade Bill to Help Haiti

  By Doug Palmer, Reuters   WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Top U.S. lawmakers said on Wednesday they have reached a bipartisan deal to help Haiti rebuild its earthquake-shattered economy by opening the U.S. market to more Haitian clothing and textiles. “Today’s legislation responds to the clear call to action Americans heard in the wake of the devastating earthquake in Haiti,” Democratic U.S. Representative Sander Levin, chairman of the House of Representatives Ways and Means Committee, said in a statement. The deal was reached by the top Democrats and Republicans on two key committees in the House and Senate, boosting the bill’s chances of passage. The clothing sector accounted for about 75 percent of Haiti’s exports and employed more than 25,000 Haitians before the January 12 earthquake that killed more than 300,000 people in the Caribbean nation. “The Haitian garment sector, Haiti’s […]

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