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Recognition of Taiwan’s Support for Hurricane Sandy Victims

Dec 7, 2012
Floor Statement

Congressman Albio Sires

Statement for the Congressional Record

December 5, 2012

Recognition of Taiwan’s Support for Hurricane Sandy Victims

Mr. Speaker,

Hurricane Sandy was an unprecedented storm that left a devastating impact on our communities in New Jersey- damaging homes, businesses, and leaving millions without power.  Hudson, Essex, Middlesex, and Union counties, were hit particularly hard by Sandy.  We have been fortunate to have a large team of federal, state, and local responders to assist in recovery efforts. 

Beyond, the recovery and assistance efforts led by federal, state, and local responders, fellow American citizens from all over the country donated their time and money to aid Sandy victims.  In addition, international aid also poured into our communities.  Worthy of particular mention is the assistance provided by the government of The Republic of China (Taiwan). 

On November 16, Taiwan announced that it had decided to donate $1.3 million in relief and reconstruction aid to the United States. One million dollars will be given to United Way International and Habitat for Humanity International, charities based in Washington, D.C.  These two organizations are addressing near term and long term recovery needs of communities most affected by Sandy.  The rest of the funds will be distributed to the states of New Jersey and New York. A special ceremony marking the transfer of the funds to those organizations will be held in Washington, D.C. on December 6.

We are grateful to the people of Taiwan and the ROC government for extending a helping hand during this difficult time.  The people of Taiwan and their government have always been charitable and generous during our times of need.  Taiwan gave generously in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in 2005 and it was a major international donor to the Twin Towers Fund, as well as the Pentagon Memorial Fund.  Taiwan was also a heavy contributor to humanitarian aid in Iraq and Afghanistan.

On behalf of my constituents and fellow Americans, I say “thank you” to our friends in Taiwan.