Washington, DC – October 15, 2009 – (RealEstateRama) — Yesterday Congressman Al Green (TX-09) delivered a statement in the House of Representatives expressing his support for three House Resolutions that convey condolences and solidarity to the people of the Philippines, Samoa, American Samoa and Indonesia, due to the natural disasters that have struck these nations in the past few weeks.

On September 26, tropical storm Ketsana made landfall on the Philippines and it caused the death of at least 277 persons, as well as the evacuation of 686,000 people. Furthermore, Ketsana destroyed 4,640 homes and caused an estimated $4.8 billion in damages.

On September 29, a powerful earthquake struck below the ocean 140 miles southwest of Pago Pago (American Samoa) and 125 miles of Samoa. Subsequently, a second earthquake occurred and then a tsunami penetrated one mile inland. The death toll from this disaster has been estimated at 135 in the Independent State of Samoa and at 32 people in American Samoa.

On September 30 a 7.6 magnitude earthquake struck West Sumatra (Indonesia), causing the death of more than 700 people, as well as the displacement of thousands of residents and the destruction of 83,700 homes.

“In the wake of these recent events and on behalf of the 70,000 Asian American and Pacific Islanders living in the 9th Congressional District of Texas, including the 6,000 Filipino Americans that I represent, I extend my sincerest condolences to the families whose loved ones were lost in these tragedies,” said Congressman Green. The Congressman also praised the rescue efforts organized by international aid organizations and foreign governments, including the American forces sent by President Obama.

“During times of death and destruction when we can’t provide enough aid and comfort, we have a duty to provide as much aid and comfort as we can,” concluded Congressman Green.


On January 4, 2007 U.S. Representative Al Green took the oath of office to serve the people of Texas’ 9th Congressional District and began his second term in the United States House of Representatives. As a veteran civil rights advocate, he has dedicated his life to fighting for those in society whose voices, too often, are not heard.

Congressman Green’s chief legislative priority for the 110th Congress is creating a Federal Living Wage. As the Democratic Whip for Region 6 and one of the newest members of the Committee on Homeland Security, Green is dedicated to increasing U.S. port and border security and reducing chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear threats. He also serves on the Financial Services Committee where he continues his fight to eliminate insurance, housing and lender practices that have historically victimized low and moderate income communities. Additionally, Congressman Green remains committed to increasing the levels affordable housing and ensuring that every American realizes the dream of homeownership.


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