Ms. MENG. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to reaffirm the solidarity between the United States and the Philippines at this tragic time.
As the people of the Philippines rebuild their infrastructure, aid their injured, and mourn their deceased, the U.S. must remain a beacon of international humanitarian leadership.
Since the landfall of Typhoon Haiyan on November 8, 2103, the United States Government has provided over $20 million in immediate humanitarian assistance, shipping vital necessities like shelter, water, hygiene kits, plastic sheeting, and over 55 metric tons of emergency food provisions to Tacloban City and other devastated regions.
This aid is desperately needed. The typhoon has impacted 8 million Filipinos and taken the lives of nearly 3,400 people--a number expected to rise.
The tragedy has also touched the 17,000 people of Filipino heritage living in my district in Queens, New York. To them, I offer unwavering support and an unflinching resolve to do everything possible to help those affected overseas.