H.Res. 810: Expressing condolences to the citizens of Indonesia and support for the Government of Indonesia in the aftermath of the devastating earthquake that struck the island of Sumatra

H.Res. 810

Expressing condolences to the citizens of Indonesia and support for the Government of Indonesia in the aftermath of the devastating earthquake that struck the island of Sumatra

Sponsor
Rep. Dan Burton

Date
October 14, 2009 (111th Congress, 1st Session)

Staff Contact
Communications

Floor Situation

H.Res. 810 is being considered under suspension of the rules, requiring a two-thirds vote for passage. The legislation was introduced by Rep. Dan Burton (R-IN) on October 7, 2009.

Bill Summary

H.Res. 810 resolves that the House of Representative:

•  "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 Indonesia and expresses continued solidarity with the people of Indonesia during this time of crisis;

•  "Applauds the courageous response of Indonesian and international rescue workers;

•  "Supports President Obama's offer of United States assistance to Indonesia 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 Indonesia in this time of need; and

•  "Expresses gratitude to the people of the United States who have generously supported those humanitarian aid agencies working to assist the people of Indonesia in this time of need."

 

Background

According to the resolution's findings, on September 30, 2009, a 7.6 magnitude earthquake originated northwest of the city of Padang in West Sumatra, Indonesia. Over 700 lives have been lost, many are missing and injured, and thousands have been displaced as a result of collapsed homes and buildings. The Indonesian Government stated that the earthquake destroyed more than 83,700 houses, approximately 200 public buildings, a total of 285 schools, and also caused extensive damage to an additional 100,000 buildings including hotels, mosques and shops, and approximately 20 miles of roads.

The U.S. offered assistance and immediately released $300,000 to help provide for the most immediate and pressing needs and an additional $3 million has been set aside once greater need is determined. The U.S. also deployed a Disaster Assistance Response Team to provide assistance, three Navy ships with helicopters and lift capability, and 45 metric tons of emergency relief commodities.