Today, U.S. Rep. Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-NJ-09) joined 16 members of the House Ways and Means Committee to express support for the Haitian people and reaffirm the Committee's role in promoting trade policies that foster economic development and improve conditions for workers.
"The humanitarian disaster at our southern border demands policymakers utilize every available tool to aid those seeking refuge, especially the people of Haiti -- whether they are on the island or in the diaspora. We are committed to supporting the Haitian people as they work to address current challenges and rebuild their country and economy after the successive political and environmental tragedies of recent months.
"Despite the enormous hardship and suffering facing Haiti at this time, the Caribbean nation's resilience and determination to heal, recover, and rebuild remain reasons for hope. To this day, Haiti's legacy of leading global efforts for abolition and anti-colonialism still inspires people in countries around the world to fight to improve the lives of our most vulnerable populations and seek justice.
"Our Committee stands in solidarity with the people of Haiti and has a moral responsibility to support domestic and international economic policies that embody our shared values to foster inclusive and equitable economic development, protect workers from exploitative and abusive practices, and uplift the Haitian people and their families."
The statement is attributable to Rep. Terri Sewell (AL-07), Chairman Bill Pascrell (NJ-09), Chairman Earl Blumenauer (OR-03), Chairman John Larson (CT-01), Rep. Danny K. Davis (IL-07), Rep. Linda Sánchez (CA-38), Rep. Suzan DelBene (WA-01), Rep. Judy Chu (CA-27), Rep. Gwen Moore (WI-04), Rep. Dan Kildee (MI-05), Rep. Don Beyer (VA-08), Rep. Dwight Evans (PA-03), Rep. Brad Schneider (IL-10), Rep. Jimmy Panetta (CA-20), Rep. Jimmy Gomez (CA-34), Rep. Steven Horsford (NV-04), and Rep. Stacey Plaskett (VI).