“On this first anniversary of the earthquake in Haiti, I commend the efforts of U.S. law enforcement, civilian and military personnel who have been dealing with this crisis, as well as non-government and faith-based organizations that have answered the call to provide relief to the Haitian people. While there is still much work to be done, on behalf of Florida, I offer my gratitude for their service to our Haitian neighbors.
“Last year's earthquake was a tragedy of epic proportions that has been further aggravated by new challenges to rebuilding efforts, public health and security. Haiti's continued devastation is nothing short of a humanitarian crisis.
“Beyond offering our solidarity and continued prayers for the Haitian people and those working on rebuilding efforts, I also offer my assistance as a U.S. senator in providing support, cooperation and oversight for policies that help build lasting government institutions, establish the rule of law, encourage a vibrant private sector and enable a strong civil society to flourish in Haiti.
“In recent weeks, I have spoken to my colleagues about the current state and future of Haiti. I pledge to work with them on this issue, which I believe is of vital interest to our state, country and entire hemisphere.”