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Senate panel to look into relief, recovery efforts in Haiti

WASHINGTON (AP) - A Senate panel gets a closer look at the world response to Haiti's earthquake later today.

Officials already agree it's adding up to be a very expensive proposition. A Pentagon spokesman says the military is spending hundreds of millions of dollars in Haiti -- and the meter is still running.

An Associated Press review finds that U.S. government spending on the disaster totals more than $300 million so far. That adds up to about $1.25 each from everyone in the United States. It's also nearly quadruple the amount President Barack Obama initially announced for earthquake relief.

The AP review also finds that just a penny of each dollar is going in the form of cash to the Haitian government, which is often accused of corruption. Instead, relief experts say most of the money appears to toward food and goods that can bring tangible relief to quake survivors. Those items include food, hygiene kits and medical care.


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