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Senate resolutions on Acheh Tsunami

Author: US Senate
Category: Acheh Tsunami
Date: 01/12/05

Commentary

House resolution initiated by Congressmen Lantos and Hyde

hereas on December 26, 2004, a powerful earthquake measuring 9.0 on the Richter Scale occurred off the west coast of Northern Sumatra, Indonesia; (Engrossed as Agreed to or Passed by House).

HRES 12 EH; H. Res. 12. In the House of Representatives, U.S.

 

January 4, 2005.

Whereas on December 26, 2004, a powerful earthquake measuring 9.0 on the
Richter Scale occurred off the west coast of Northern Sumatra, Indonesia;

Whereas the undersea earthquake created massive tsunamis that struck
several countries throughout South and Southeast Asia, as well as on the
coast of East Africa;

Whereas the giant waves caused death and destruction on a nearly
unprecedented scale, killing more than 140,000 people and leaving millions
homeless;

Whereas many thousands of people were killed in Indonesia, Sri Lanka,
India, and Thailand, and numerous others were killed in Somalia, Malaysia,
Maldives, Bangladesh, Kenya, Burma, and elsewhere;

Whereas an estimated one-third of the earthquake and tsunami victims were
children, and many thousands more have been left orphaned or separated from
their families;

Whereas thousands of visitors and tourists from nearly 40 countries were
killed in this natural disaster;

Whereas between 3,000,000 and 5,000,000 people throughout the affected
region are lacking basic survival requirements as a result of the tsunamis
and there remains the risk of numerous additional deaths due to shortages
of clean water, adequate shelter, food, sanitation, and basic healthcare;

Whereas the United States and other donors have, to date, pledged an
estimated $2,000,000,000 in emergency and long-term reconstruction
assistance ; and

Whereas the human cost of this disaster transcends mere statistics and has
resulted in deeply personal tragedies for countless families in the region
and throughout the world: Now, therefore, be it

Resolved, That the House of Representatives--

(1) mourns the horrific loss of life caused by the earthquake and
tsunamis that occurred on December 26, 2004, in South and Southeast Asia;

(2) expresses its deep condolences to the families of the many earthquake
and tsunami victims;

(3) applauds the prompt humanitarian response to the tsunami tragedy by
governments, the United Nations and other international organizations, and
nongovernmental organizations;

(4) recognizes the generous outpouring of support for relief efforts from
private citizens around the world, including in the United States;

(5) affirms its commitment to additional generous United States support
for relief and long-term reconstruction efforts in areas affected by the
earthquake and tsunamis; and

(6) urges continued attention by donors and relief agencies to the needs
of vulnerable populations in the stricken countries, particularly the
thousands of children who have been left parentless and homeless by this
disaster.

Attest:
Clerk.
 

Senate resolution reference

Expressing the sympathy and pledging the support of the United States
Senate and the people of the United States for the victims of the powerful
earthquake and devastating tsunami that... (Agreed to by Senate)

SRES 4 ATS; 109th CONGRESS; 1st Session; S. RES. 4

Expressing the sympathy and pledging the support of the United States
Senate and the people of the United States for the victims of the powerful
earthquake and devastating tsunami that struck Bangladesh, Burma, India,
Indonesia, Kenya, Malaysia, the Maldives, the Seychelles, Somalia, Sri
Lanka, Tanzania, Thailand, and other areas of South Asia, Southeast Asia,
and Africa, on December 26, 2004.

IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

January 4, 2005

Mr. FRIST (for himself, Mr. REID, Mr. LUGAR, Mr. BIDEN, Mr. AKAKA, Mr.
ALEXANDER, Mr. ALLARD, Mr. ALLEN, Mr. BAUCUS, Mr. BAYH, Mr. BENNETT, Mr. BINGAMAN, Mr. BOND, Mrs. BOXER, Mr. BROWNBACK, Mr. BUNNING, Mr. BURNS, Mr. BURR, Mr. BYRD, Ms. CANTWELL, Mr. CARPER, Mr. CHAFEE, Mr. CHAMBLISS, Mrs. CLINTON, Mr. COBURN, Mr. COCHRAN, Mr. COLEMAN, Ms. COLLINS, Mr. CONRAD, Mr. CORNYN, Mr. CORZINE, Mr. CRAIG, Mr. CRAPO, Mr. DAYTON, Mr. DEMINT, Mr. DEWINE, Mr. DODD, Mrs. DOLE, Mr. DOMENICI, Mr. DORGAN, Mr. DURBIN, Mr. ENSIGN, Mr. ENZI, Mr. FEINGOLD, Mrs. FEINSTEIN, Mr. GRAHAM, Mr. GRASSLEY, Mr. GREGG, Mr. HAGEL, Mr. HARKIN, Mr. HATCH, Mrs. HUTCHISON, Mr. INHOFE, Mr. INOUYE, Mr. ISAKSON, Mr. JEFFORDS, Mr. JOHNSON, Mr. KENNEDY, Mr. KERRY, Mr. KOHL, Mr. KYL, Ms. LANDRIEU, Mr. LAUTENBERG, Mr. LEAHY, Mr. LEVIN, Mr. LIEBERMAN, Mrs. LINCOLN, Mr. LOTT, Mr. MARTINEZ, Mr. MCCAIN, Mr. MCCONNELL, Ms. MIKULSKI, Ms. MURKOWSKI, Mrs. MURRAY, Mr. NELSON of Florida, Mr. NELSON of Nebraska, Mr. OBAMA, Mr. PRYOR, Mr. REED, Mr. ROBERTS, Mr. ROCKEFELLER, Mr. SALAZAR, Mr. SANTORUM, Mr. SARBANES, Mr. SCHUMER, Mr. SESSIONS, Mr. SHELBY, Mr. SMITH, Ms. SNOWE, Mr. SPECTER, Ms. STABENOW, Mr. STEVENS, Mr. SUNUNU, Mr. TALENT, Mr. THOMAS, Mr. THUNE, Mr. VITTER, Mr. VOINOVICH, Mr. WARNER, and Mr. WYDEN) submitted the following resolution; which was considered and agreed to.

RESOLUTION

Expressing the sympathy and pledging the support of the United States
Senate and the people of the United States for the victims of the powerful
earthquake and devastating tsunami that struck Bangladesh, Burma, India,
Indonesia, Kenya, Malaysia, the Maldives, the Seychelles, Somalia, Sri
Lanka, Tanzania, Thailand, and other areas of South Asia, Southeast Asia,
and Africa, on December 26, 2004.

Whereas on December 26, 2004, a tremendous earthquake, registered at 9.0 on
the Richter scale and centered 100 miles off the coast of Northern Sumatra,
Indonesia, triggered a deadly tsunami that swept throughout the Indian
Ocean and beyond, devastating cities, towns, and communities, and killing
or injuring persons in Southeast Asia and South Asia, through the island
nations of the region, to Eastern Africa;

Whereas, as a result of the earthquake and ensuing tsunami, more than
140,000 people have lost their lives to date, tens of thousands of people
are injured or missing, and the final death toll could climb into the
hundreds of thousands;

Whereas the victims also include thousands of nationals who were visiting
the region when the tsunami hit, including significant numbers from Europe
and North and South America;

Whereas millions of people throughout Southeast Asia and South Asia have
been left without food, shelter, or clean water, and now face deadly
diseases such as cholera, dengue fever, dysentery, malaria, and typhoid;

Whereas thousands of children have been killed or injured, by this disaster;

Whereas, as a result of this tragedy, thousands of children have been
separated from their families or orphaned and are in need of re-unification
or adoption;

Whereas whole coastal communities and cities throughout the region were
obliterated;

Whereas recovery, reconstruction, and clean-up of the devastated areas
likely will take years, billions of dollars, and the concerted leadership
of the United States working together with the international community;

Whereas the people of the United States immediately responded and expressed
their sympathy and concern by sending financial aid and other assistance
currently totaling more than $100,000,000, through nongovernmental
organizations and other means, to the victims of this disaster, and by
offering to volunteer in the disaster rescue, recovery, and rebuilding;

Whereas soon after the earthquake and tsunami hit the region, the United
States Government expressed its condolences and invoked six disaster
declarations for the nations hardest hit by this natural disaster, thus
triggering the release of emergency funding to these countries;

Whereas less than 24 hours after these tragedies became known, the United
States announced an initial pledge of $15,000,000 for emergency
humanitarian assistance , which was increased to $35,000,000 in the
following days as the scope of the tragedy unfolded;

Whereas President George W. Bush also dispatched more than 20 United States
military cargo and patrol aircraft, redirected a Marine expeditionary unit
and a carrier task force, and deployed several hundred United States
military personnel to the region to assist with the disaster response,
recovery, and delivery of relief supplies;

Whereas, in response to an early appeal by the International Federation of
the Red Cross and Red Crescent for $7,500,000, the United States provided
$4,000,000 for the distribution of emergency shelter materials and other
relief commodities, and provided more than 3,000 metric tons of rice to the
United Nations World Food Program for use in the affected region;

Whereas President George W. Bush has established a regional core group with
Australia, Canada, India, Japan, and the Netherlands, with the United
Nations, to help coordinate relief efforts, and sent a senior delegation of
experts, led by Secretary of State Colin Powell and Florida Governor Jeb
Bush, to meet with regional leaders and international organizations to
assess what additional aid can be provided by the United States;

Whereas on December 31, 2004, President Bush increased the United States
pledge to $350,000,000 in aid and stated that the United States'
contributions to disaster relief and recovery `will continue to be revised
as the full effects of this terrible tragedy become clearer';

Whereas pledges of assistance from all international organizations,
multilateral development banks, and governments, including the United
States, now exceed $2,000,000,000; and

Whereas, on January 3, 2005, the President appointed former Presidents
George H. W. Bush and Bill Clinton to lead a nationwide charitable
fund-raising effort to elicit greater relief and assistance to the victims
of the powerful earthquake and devastating tsunami: Now, therefore, be it

Resolved, That the Senate--

(1) expresses its heartfelt sympathy for the victims of the powerful
earthquake and devastating tsunami that struck cities, towns, and
communities throughout Southeast Asia, South Asia, Eastern Africa, and the
region on December 26, 2004;

(2) conveys its most sincere condolences to the families, communities, and
governments of the more than 140,000 people that lost their lives in this
terrible natural disaster;

(3) expresses its gratitude and respect for the courageous and committed
work of all aid and relief personnel, including United States military
personnel, who are saving lives and providing relief assistance in the
devastated areas of the region;

(4) supports President George W. Bush's pledge of $350,000,000 in direct
financial assistance , and tens of millions of dollars in additional
indirect assistance through the dispatch of United States military
aircraft, naval vessels, and personnel, and through the United States
Government's substantial voluntary and annual contributions to
international organizations and bodies;

(5) commends the ongoing international relief effort that includes the work
of individual countries, numerous international organizations, and various
relief and other nongovernmental entities;

(6) reaffirms that the United States Government is committed to providing
relief and assistance in the most effective and efficient means possible,
and will continue to assess, anticipate, and provide further assistance as
needed in the weeks and months ahead;

(7) recognizes that the support of the United States Government will be
greatly supplemented by private donations and assistance from thousands of
United States citizens, charitable organizations, religious groups, and
corporations that routinely provide generous and significant amounts of
aid, support , and volunteers; and

(8) fully supports the long-term commitment and engagement of the United
States to provide financial aid and other forms of direct and indirect
assistance to the countries and peoples of the region impacted by the
powerful earthquake and the devastating tsunami.

 

 

 

 

 

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