|Sponsor||Rep. Pascrell, Bill Jr.|
|Date||June 15, 2009 (111th Congress, 1st Session)|
|Staff Contact||Adam Hepburn|
H.Res. 430 is being considered under suspension of the rules, requiring a two-thirds vote for passage. The legislation was introduced by Rep. Bill Pascrell (D-NJ) on May 12, 2009.
H.Res. 430 resolves that the House of Representatives:
• "Mourns the loss of life and expresses its deepest condolences to the families of those killed and injured in the earthquake;
• "Recognizes the deep ties between the United States and Italy and expresses continued solidarity with the people of Italy during this time of crisis;
• "Applauds the courageous response of Italian rescue workers;
• "Supports President Obama's offer of United States assistance to Italy in response to this catastrophic event;
• "Urges the people of the United States to generously support those humanitarian aid agencies working to assist the people of Italy in this time of need;
• "Commends the many United States organizations, including the National Italian-American Foundation, working to demonstrate support and solidarity with the Italian people and raising funds to provide needed help; and
• "Expresses gratitude to the people of the United States who have generously supported those humanitarian aid agencies working to assist the people of Italy in this time of need."
On April 6, 2009, a 6.3 magnitude earthquake struck the Abruzzo region of central Italy, killing over 250 people, damaging as many as 15,000 buildings, and leaving thousands of people homeless. The earthquake also damaged centuries old landmarks including churches and castles. This was Italy's deadliest earthquake since 1980.