CONGRESSWOMAN ELISE STEFANIK
H.Res. 733 is being considered under suspension of the rules, requiring a two-thirds vote for passage. The legislation was introduced by Rep. Phil Gingrey (R-GA) on September 10, 2009.
H.Res. 733 resolves that the House of Representatives:
• "Mourns the terrible loss of life caused by Typhoon Morakot that occurred on August 8, 2009, in the Republic of China (Taiwan);
• "Expresses its deepest condolences to the families of the many victims;
• "Recognizes the deep ties between the United States and Taiwan and expresses continued solidarity with its people during this time of crisis; and
• "Expresses gratitude to the people of the United States who have generously supported those humanitarian aid agencies working to assist the people of Taiwan in this time of need."
According to the resolution's findings, a typhoon hit the island of Taiwan on August 8, 2009. Mudslides overwhelmed some places in south Taiwan, including the village of Hsiaolin, where 247 homes were lost. In total, floods or mudslides damaged more than 191,936 homes. As of late August 2009, the official death toll reached 602 with an additional 81 persons missing. The U.S. assisted recovery efforts by providing Marine Corps C-130 aircraft from Okinawa to deliver humanitarian relief supplies in addition to KC-130 aircraft and MH 53 and MH 60 helicopters from U.S. bases in Japan.