February 16, 1999


In light of the close consultation we have had, and the bipartisan recognition that the needs for reconstruction are pressing, I urge the Congress to act quickly to restore hope to this region and help our neighbors return to the path of democracy and economic growth.

President Bill Clinton
February 16, 1999

Today, First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton and Mrs. Tipper Gore will announce an Administration proposal to provide $956 million in funding to pay for the costs of disaster relief in the wake of Hurricanes Mitch and Georges, which hit Central American and Caribbean nations last fall.

A Sustained Response To Disaster Relief Needs In Central America And The Caribbean. In the aftermath of the devastating hurricanes in Central America last autumn, the United States government has led relief efforts in the area. To date, the United States has provided more than $300 million in humanitarian relief aid, including, medicine, emergency shelter, food, clothing, and funding for the work of civilian and military relief workers.

Building On Our Support Efforts In Central America And The Caribbean. Today's proposal of $956 million in aid builds on our efforts to help countries devastated by Hurricanes Mitch and Georges. As part of this funding, the Clinton Administration is proposing $613 million, $50 million of which will be targeted at relief efforts in the Dominican Republic, Haiti, and the Eastern Caribbean. The remainder of this funding will support efforts in Central America to:

Providing Environmental Management Support. As part of the $956 million relief proposal, the Clinton Administration would direct $64 million to:

Debt Relief For Countries Rebuilding In The Wake Of Devastation. In order to enable Central American nations to concentrate on rebuilding their economies, the Administration's proposal would provide debt relief with:

Fact Sheet: Hurricane Mitch

February 16, 1999

The United Stated Responds to Hurrican Mitch

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