May 21, 2024

Cassidy, Murphy, Kaine Introduce Resolution in Support of International Mission to Restore Security, Democratic Governance to Haiti

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), Chris Murphy (D-CT), and Tim Kaine (D-VA) introduced a resolution affirming Congress’ support for an international mission to restore peace and security to Haiti and return the country to democratic governance. Since the assassination of Haitian President Jovenel Moïse in 2021, the security situation in the country has rapidly deteriorated as armed gangs have taken control of critical infrastructure and prevented access to desperately needed humanitarian aid. As a result, thousands of Haitians have been displaced and cholera cases have increased dramatically.

The resolution applauds the United States’ commitment to provide logistical support and financial assistance for the Multinational Security Support mission led by Kenya to restore a basic level of security to help ensure the country is able to conduct free and fair elections. The senators also endorsed international election monitoring and called on members of the international community to pledge support for the mission and contribute humanitarian aid.

“When Haiti is in turmoil, Haitians flee their homeland and come to the United States. A significant market for Louisiana rice goes away,” said Dr. Cassidy. “Missionaries and others from the United States are put in danger. We need peace in Haiti.”

“It’s been deeply concerning to watch the security situation in Haiti continue to deteriorate over the last two years, resulting in the total collapse of basic services and the displacement of thousands of Haitians, many of whom are now choosing to make the dangerous journey to the U.S. in the hopes of escaping the violence. I’ve spoken to Haitian-American leaders in Connecticut who worry not only about the health and safety of their family and friends still in Haiti, but also fear for the future of their home country. I’m hopeful that the UN-authorized Multinational Security Support mission can help stabilize Haiti, but the U.S. and our international partners must also be committed to providing the long-term support and resources needed to put Haiti back on a path toward democratic governance,” said Senator Murphy.

“We must stand in solidarity with the people of Haiti by using all tools at our disposal to lead the international community in the restoration of peace, security, and democratic governance in Haiti,” said Senator Kaine. “Fully funding the Multinational Security Support mission is essential, and I appreciate the Administration’s commitment to that goal. Congress needs to do its part by releasing that funding so we can work with partners around the world to restore stability for the Haitian people and prevent another migrant crisis.”