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Hawaii Delegates Praise Passage of Typhoon Haiyan Bill

The U.S. House of Representatives today passed legislation that provides “expedited tax relief” for Americans making charitable donations in support of Typhoon Haiyan recovery efforts in the Philippines. 

The bill was sponsored by Sen. Mazie Hirono in the Senate — her first bill to be sent to the president for his signature — along with Dean Heller (R-NV), Harry Reid (D-NV) and Robert Menendez (D-NJ).

Reps. Colleen Hanabusa and Tulsi Gabbard co-sponsored the House version, which was sponsored by Reps.Eric Swalwell (D-CA) and Mike Thompson (D-CA). 

"Given the great deal of help still needed, the Philippines Charitable Giving Assistance Act will help spur another round of new contributions when charitable giving has tapered off and help American families get more back from their tax returns this year,” Hirono said in a press release.

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