CONGRESSWOMAN ELISE STEFANIK
H.Res. 800 is being considered under suspension of the rules, requiring a two-thirds vote for passage. The legislation was introduced by Rep. Jackie Speier (D-CA) on October 6, 2009.
H.Res. 800 resolves that the House of Representative:
• "Mourns the terrible loss of life caused by Tropical Storm Ketsana and Typhoon Parma that occurred on September 26, 2009, and October 1, 2009;
• "Expresses its deepest condolences to the families of the many victims;
• "Urges President Obama to continue to support the Philippines with emergency relief supplies, logistical, transportation assistance, and financial support; and
• "Works closely with the Government of the Philippines to improve disaster mitigation techniques and compliance among all key sectors of their societies."
On September 26, 2009, Tropical Storm Ketsana made landfall on the Philippines with the heaviest rainfall in 40 years. At least 3 million persons have been affected by Tropical Storm Ketsana-the casualties include at least 277 dead, five injured, and 42 missing. Following the devastation caused by Tropical Storm Ketsana, Typhoon Parma hit land on October 2, 2009.