President Obama is seeking more than $2.8 billion for relief and rebuilding in Haiti after the devastating earthquake that struck the country on Jan. 12. The White House request, sent to Congress on March 24, includes about $800 million for reconstruction-related work.
Funds targeted for rebuilding include $749.3 million for "reconstruction needs to provide essential services," such as housing, water, sanitation and electricity infrastructure, as well as roads, bridges and ports, the White House says.
Obama is proposing that up to $120 million of that $749.3 million be a U.S. contribution to an envisioned, multi-donor Haiti recovery trust fund. A meeting of potential donors is scheduled to be held on March 31 at United Nations headquarters in New York City.
The White House request also includes $84.5 million to replace U.S. Embassy housing in Haiti damaged by the quake.
Other portions of the $2.8-billion supplementary appropriations request include reimbursements to federal agencies for expenses they incurred in the relief activity in the period shortly after the quake.
Another item in the White House proposal is $212 million towards a multilateral plan to cancel Haiti's debt.