April 2, 2019 - Issue: Vol. 165, No. 57 — Daily Edition116th Congress (2019 - 2020) - 1st Session
INTRODUCTION OF THE DONATE FOR DISASTER RELIEF ACT OF 2019; Congressional Record Vol. 165, No. 57
(Extensions of Remarks - April 02, 2019)
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[Extensions of Remarks] [Page E387] From the Congressional Record Online through the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov] INTRODUCTION OF THE DONATE FOR DISASTER RELIEF ACT OF 2019 ______ HON. ALCEE L. HASTINGS of florida in the house of representatives Tuesday, April 2, 2019 Mr. HASTINGS. Madam Speaker, I rise today to introduce the Donate for Disaster Relief Act. Last year, there were 53 major disasters declared. The year before that, we had 61 declared major disasters. As we continue to feel the effects of climate change, there are going to be more major disasters and we as a nation are going to have to pay for the response and repair after these events. Now is the time to start thinking about what we can do to be better prepared for when these disasters strike. That is why I am introducing the Donate for Disaster Relief Act, which creates a completely voluntary check-off on income tax returns that lets taxpayers elect to donate to a disaster relief trust. This bill is an opportunity for us to share our selflessness and generosity and be better prepared to adequately fund our response to an emergency situation. The harsh reality of disasters is that while we may not be able to predict when or where they will always occur, we certainly can be prepared. The altruism of the American people is on display in their willingness to pitch in and help those in their greatest time of need. This bill creates an easy way for concerned Americans to anticipate the need for disaster relief, wherever and whenever it may be necessary. Madam Speaker, I urge my colleagues to support this critically important legislation. ____________________