Reps. Speier, Honda propose additional aid for Typhoon Haiyan victims

Representatives Jackie Speier and Mike Honda want more aid for ‘our friends, the good people of the Philippines.’

Congresswoman Jackie Speier (D-San Francisco/San Mateo/Redwood City) and Congressman Mike Honda (D-San Jose/Fremont) introduced a joint resolution on November 13 urging Congress to continue to provide assistance to the victims of Super Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda in the Philippines.

“The historical and cultural links between the Philippines and the United States run deeper than any flood waters,” said Speier. “I urge my colleagues to support this resolution to show our friends, the good people of the Philippines, that — as they stood with us in World War II — the American people stand with them at this, their time of greatest need. There are so many Filipino families in my district grieving over this disaster and they deserve to know we are doing all we can to help.”

Honda stated, “Alongside the 60,000 Filipino Americans in my congressional district, as well as the 3.4 million across the country, my heart goes out to the people of Philippines and all those affected by Super Typhoon Haiyan. I draw upon the spirit of Bayanihan – where communities join together to uplift their neighbors – and call to action our global community to stand in support and solidarity with the relief and recovery efforts in the Philippines. I am honored to introduce this resolution, and plan on working closely with our federal aid agencies and local relief efforts to ensure that our Filipino brothers and sisters are not – nor will they ever be – forgotten.”

The resolution the two members of Congress offered together expresses the deepest condolences from the United States to the people of the Philippines affected by the typhoon, which has claimed nearly 1,800 lives and left more than 600,000 people homeless. It also urges additional support for the victims in the recovery and rebuilding process.

Despite an initial release of $25 million in U.N. emergency funds and $20 million in immediate humanitarian assistance from the U.S. government, aid workers report medicine shortages and difficulty accessing fresh water and food. Speier has the largest population of Filipino Americans living in her district in the continental United States at nearly 70,000 residents.

Honda represents California’s 17th district, the first Asian-majority congressional district in the United States. He currently serves as Chair Emeritus of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus.

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