WASHINGTON — House Republicans have told the top U.S. foreign aid official that the country’s earthquake relief efforts in Haiti have been pathetic.
Utah Republican Jason Chaffetz says only 5 percent of the rubble has been removed and 22 percent of the needed transitional shelters have been built. Those figures came from inspector general reports.
Obama administration aid official Rajiv Shah told Chaffetz at a hearing Wednesday that major progress has been made in providing safe drinking water and medical care. He says a new industrial park will create 5,000 jobs.
Republican Darrell Issa of California told Shah that if a recovery effort was that slow in the United States, the administrator would be fired.