Portman Amendment to Address Kidnappings in Haiti Adopted – Senator Rob Portman

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) announced that his amendment intended to address kidnappings in Haiti was adopted by unanimous consent during the Senate Foreign Relations Committee’s business meeting. Portman offered an amendment to the reports section of the Haiti Development, Accountability, and Institutional Transparency Initiative Act, requiring “an assessment of U.S. interagency efforts to combat kidnapping and armed violence in Haiti.” Senator Portman offered the amendment in light of the 17 missionaries from Christian Aid Ministries, a Millersburg, Ohio based missionary organization, who were kidnapped outside Port-au-Prince, Haiti on Saturday.
“I am pleased that the Committee adopted my amendment today to help address the lawless situations we are seeing in Haiti,” said Senator Portman. “My heart breaks for the missionaries from Ohio-based Christian Aid Ministries who are currently in harm’s way. Unfortunately kidnapping in Haiti is an all-too common occurrence. The U.S. government needs a whole of government approach to address this problem and this amendment will help take steps to do just that.”
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