CONGRESSWOMAN ELISE STEFANIK
H.Res. 1324 is expected to be considered on the floor of the House on Wednesday, May 19, 2010, under a motion to suspend the rules, requiring a two-thirds vote for passage. The legislation was introduced by Rep. Michael McMahon (D-NY) on May 4, 2010.
H.Res. 1324 would resolve that the House of Representatives:
• "Expresses its deepest condolences and sympathies for the loss of life and the physical and psychological damage caused by the earthquake of April 14, 2010;
• "Expresses solidarity with the people of the Qinghai province, Tibetan-Americans, Chinese-Americans, and all those who have lost loved ones or have otherwise been affected by the tragedy, including rescue and humanitarian workers;
• "Reaffirms the United States pledge, issued by Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, to stand ready to assist the people of China during this difficult period; and
• "Expresses support for the recovery and long-term reconstruction needs of the residents of the areas affected by the earthquake, including the restoration of monasteries and other Tibetan Buddhist sites that are integral to the preservation of Tibetan culture and religious traditions."
According to the resolution's findings, on April 14, 2010, an earthquake measuring 6.9 on the Richter scale struck the Qinghai province of southwest China. Over 2,000 people have been killed and over 10,000 injured due to the disaster.