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Mario Diaz-Balart heads to Haiti

The Miami Republican is among a bi-partisan group of lawmakers heading to Haiti today to check out conditions on the ground, nearly two months after an earthquake killed hundreds of thousands and left millions homeless.

Diaz-Balart was last in Haiti in June 2009 and said he's "prepared to see a much different picture than when I last visited.

"I am also committed to continue supporting and aiding the people of Haiti as they pick up the pieces and begin rebuilding," he said. "I thank the American people for their response and outpouring of support thus far, but also remind them that this is just the beginning and the U.S. must stand as Haiti’s strongest ally and friend in this great time of need."

Eight other House members are on the trip along with staffers from Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's office and staffers with Sen. Bill Nelson and Richard Lugar, R-Indiana.