Philippines Charitable Giving Assistance Act Passed Congress
I am thrilled to report I passed my first bill in Congress, the Philippines Charitable Giving Assistance Act. This legislation, headed to President Obama’s desk, will empower Americans and help the Typhoon Haiyan relief effort.
I am privileged to represent a vibrant and dynamic Filipino population. Many of my constituents have friends or relatives in the Philippines, and are asking how they can help.
This legislation makes it easier to help, allowing Americans to deduct from their 2013 taxes (filed this year) monetary donations for Typhoon Haiyan relief which are made after the bill is signed into law and before April 15, 2014. Without this bill, a person would have to wait until he or she filed their taxes next year to claim the deduction.
This typhoon was the most powerful storm ever to hit landfall and caused destruction throughout the Philippines. Sixteen million people were affected by the storm, four million were displaced, and over six thousand perished. Hundreds of millions of dollars are needed for relief, to help provide things like food, water, and shelter.
I expect this bill to be signed into law shortly. I will update you when that occurs.
Member of Congress