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Presidential guards place a national flag over the coffin of late President Jovenel Moise, in July 2021. Accountability for the assasination is part of a trillion-dollar spending bill in the U.S. Congress. (REUTERS/Ricardo Arduengo)

NEW YORK – A $1.5 trillion spending bill to fund the United States government through September also contains reporting requirements aimed at fostering development in Haiti and bringing accountability for crimes and human rights abuses in the country — including a report on the assassination of President Jovenel Moïse.

U.S. lawmakers reached a deal March 9 on the far-reaching 2,741-page spending bill, which requires the Secretary of State and other federal officials to submit a report to Congress on the July 2021 assassination within 90 days of the bill’s enactment. Among other elements, that report should include a description of U.S. support for the unresolved investigation into the murder, disclosures on any “foreign persons” previously employed by the U.S. government who participated and an assessment of the intent of the murder’s masterminds. 

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Sam is a reporter for The Haitian Times and a 2020 Report for America corps member. He has covered Haiti and its diaspora since 2018. His work has also appeared in USA Today, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review and Haiti Liberte. Sam can be reached at or on Twitter @sambojarski.