On Thursday, November 21, 2013, Congressman Al Green (TX-09) announced he will be traveling to the Philippines on an official Congressional Delegation trip on Friday, November 22, 2013. The trip is being organized by the House Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights and International Organizations.
Congressman Al Green will join other Members of Congress in surveying the damage as well as meeting with representatives from nongovernmental organizations, the United Nations, and local leaders. As a member of the House Committee on Financial Services, Congressman Al Green plans to pay special attention to the housing needs created by the natural disaster.
“This is a great human tragedy that has saddened all people of good will,” Congressman Al Green said. “Though we have seen an impressive humanitarian effort by our nation and the international community, we must remain proactive in helping the Filipino people during this difficult time.”
As one of the countries hardest hit by Typhoon Haiyan, the Philippines has suffered the loss of more than 4,000 people, and the displacement of over 9.5 million of its residents.
“To date, our nation has directed Marines and Sailors to the affected areas, provided aircraft to support in search and rescue efforts, and donated $37 million for the recovery effort,” Congressman Al Green said. “I hope this trip will give me first-hand knowledge of the work that is being done in the country and inform me in my efforts to continue helping those affected by the tragedy.”
SENIOR PRESS SECRETARY | CONGRESSMAN AL GREEN (TX-09)