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April 8, 2014 > Swalwell bill to help Philippines signed into law

Swalwell bill to help Philippines signed into law

Submitted By Allison Bormel

U.S. Representative Eric Swalwell (CA-15) announced that his bill, H.R. 3771, the Philippines Charitable Giving Assistance Act, was signed into law by President Obama on March 26. This law will help incentivize contributions to Typhoon Haiyan relief in the Philippines. The law was co-led in the House of Representatives by Reps. Mike Thompson (D-CA), Joe Heck (R-NV), and Darrell Issa (R-CA). He is the seventh first-term Member to have a bill signed into law in the 113th Congress.

ÒThis typhoon was the most powerful storm ever to hit landfall and caused destruction throughout the Philippines. Recovery has only just begun, and resources are badly needed for humanitarian assistance and rebuilding efforts,Ó said Swalwell.

The law will encourage Americans to donate to Typhoon Haiyan relief efforts by allowing people to deduct contributions to Philippines recovery efforts from their 2013 taxes, if they are made between now and April 14, 2014. Without this law, a person would have to wait until he or she filed their taxes next year to claim the deduction.

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