U.S. Senator Bob Corker, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and Ranking Member on the Western Hemisphere Subcommittee, has sent a letter to President Bush strongly urging the administration to provide no less than $60 million in emergency food assistance for Haiti so that Haitian President Rene Préval can carry out his anti-hunger program for the next six months.
"The American people give so generously to those in need around the world, and this is a crucial time for us to once again extend our leadership and aid to Haiti," said Corker. "But this isn't just a humanitarian effort for our Haitian neighbors; it's also about preserving order and stability. If Haitian families go hungry it will derail the progress Preval and others have worked so hard to achieve and make it even harder to ensure that Haiti continues to have a democratically elected, stable government."
Corker signed the letter along with Senators Jeff Bingaman (D-New Mexico), Tom Harkin (D-Iowa), Bill Nelson (D-Florida) and Mel Martinez (R-Florida) asking that high priority -- not less than $60 million -- be given to Haiti "when the decision is made on how to allocate the remaining fiscal 2008 funding from the Title II Food for Peace Program as well as the resources made available by the $200 million drawdown of the Bill Emerson Humanitarian Trust, an action that was announced by the Secretary of Agriculture on April 14."