Haiti Relief: January 22, 20101/22/10
I am incredibly grateful to all of the Americans who are making selfless contributions to help Haiti recover from last week’s earthquake. All donations, large and small, are helping to provide crucial necessities for this relief effort and can literally mean the difference between life and death to many struggling through this tragedy.
This week, I joined my colleagues in the House of Representatives in unanimously passing H.R. 4462 to provide an immediate benefit for those Americans who have already given and provide an incentive for those who are considering a charitable contribution. The bill allows individuals making donations to this cause between January 11th and March 1st to claim these offerings on their 2009 tax return instead of waiting to claim it on their 2010 return. In addition to passing this measure, the House of Representatives also voted this week to pass a resolution expressing condolences to, and solidarity with, the people of Haiti in the aftermath of the devastating earthquake.