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Testimony Before the House Committee on Foreign Affairs Regarding the Fiscal Year 2011 Budget Request
Date:3/3/2010

hallenges has shown results on the ground.  With our partners, we launched the largest, and most successful international urban search-and-rescue effort ever – with more than 135 lives saved.  

In coordination with Haitian authorities, our military, the United Nations, and NGO colleagues, we created a fixed distribution network to surge food distribution to nearly 3 million people – the most robust urban food distribution in recent history.  Within thirty minutes of landing on the ground, the U.S. military secured the airport, and in the hours that followed, rapidly expanded its capacity to well beyond pre-earthquake levels.  The United States also helped to restore a critical sea port, thereby scaling up the delivery of essential goods and restoring commercial capacity. And our partners at the Department of Health and Human Services provided medical assistance that enabled an additional 30,000 patients to receive treatment.

Nevertheless, we all know that Haiti faces a long and steep road to recovery.  Reconstruction will take time and will require the shared commitment and resources of our international partners, working in concert with the Government and the people of Haiti.  But I can report to you today that while we have experienced our share of frustrations and setbacks, America's efforts have made, and continue to make, a vast difference.  As the operation transitions from rescue to recovery, the United Sta
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