Skip To Main

Congresswoman Yvette D. Clarke Votes In Support of Haiti

Today, Congresswoman Yvette D. Clarke released the following statement after voting in support of H.R. 4462. This bipartisan legislation will allow individuals to claim any donations to the relief effort as an itemized deduction on their 2009 tax return, instead of waiting to claim it on their 2010 return.

“Over the last week, the American people have been pouring out their hearts to the nation of Haiti. It is clear to me that our nation’s compassion, during times of crisis, is one of the things that makes the U.S. so great.” stated Congresswoman Yvette D. Clarke. “All donations, large and small, are helping to provide crucial necessities for this relief effort.”

This measure will promote timely giving to Haiti, in the days and weeks when the region needs help the most, by providing Americans with an immediate income tax benefit that individuals can claim in 2009, instead of 2010. The bill would also make clear that the many taxpayers making a charitable contribution to victims of the Haiti earthquake through a text message will be able to rely on their cell phone bill when claiming a charitable donation.

Rep. Clarke will also vote in support of a resolution expressing condolences to and solidarity with the people of Haiti in the aftermath of the devastating earthquake of January 12th, 2010 later in the week.

“With this resolution, we are sending a unified message to the Haitian people that we stand with them as they prepare to rebuild their nation,” said Rep. Clarke. “Haiti is as much a part of us as we are a part of them.”

“While much has been done, there is still much to do in assisting Haiti with its recovery efforts. I want to thank my colleagues for their actions today, but I also want to remind them that while it took only minutes for the earthquake to cause the massive destruction in Haiti, for the people of this great nation, it will likely take a generation to rebuild. As a Brooklyn native whose roots are firmly planted in my Caribbean heritage, I want to recommit my support to Haiti. I want its people to know that I will continue to do everything possible to see that this nation is rebuilt,” concluded Rep. Clarke.