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Florida lawmakers to join Haitian president Rene Preval at the White House

State Reps. Ronald Brisé and Mack Bernard will join Haiti’s President René Préval Wednesday at the White House for a meeting with President Barack Obama. Rep. Kendrick Meek is also expected to be in attendance.

Preval's visit comes two months after an earthquake leveled much of the capital and killed more than 200,000. The White House is said to be working on an aid package that could total as much as $3 billion.

Both legislators are Haitian-Americans who have traveled to Haiti since the earthquake and have worked on the state's relief efforts.

"We look forward to welcoming President Préval in a collegial environment that will lead to constructive dialogue," said Brisé.

Preval met today with Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton who told reporters the two will meet today, tomorrow and Thursday "to discuss in depth what we need to do still to alleviate suffering and what we will do together to help build back Haiti better."


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