Two Miami-area members of Congress will travel to Haiti this weekend to check out Hurricane Matthew relief efforts, their offices announced Friday.
Republican Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen of Miami and Democratic Rep. Frederica Wilson of Miami Gardens will fly commercial Saturday and remain in Haiti through Sunday. During their trip, they're scheduled to receive briefings from the U.S. Embassy and the United Nations mission in Haiti. They will also make their way to hard-hit Jeremie and meet with the Haitian prime minister.
"Haiti has suffered through an earthquake and hurricanes in recent years and the U.S. will remain committed to help in the humanitarian response but it is crucial that our assistance is getting to those most affected who are in desperate need of food, water, shelter, and sanitation services," Ros-Lehtinen said in a statement. "I look forward to meeting with U.S. and UN officials, as well as relief workers, to examine the distribution of essential humanitarian services."
Wilson also issued a statement.
"I represent members of one of the nation’s largest Haitian-American communities," the statement read in part. "Many of my constituents still have deep ties to Haiti and are desperate for accurate accounts of the damage caused by Hurricane Matthew from sources they can trust. More important, witnessing and assessing the damage firsthand is the best way to determine the different types and levels of support Haiti will need to rebuild."