Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti

Congresswoman Donna F. Edwards Votes to Accelerate Tax Deductions for Haiti Relief Washington, D.C.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 20, 2010 Contact: Dan Weber (202) 225-8699

Congresswoman Donna F. Edwards Votes to Accelerate Tax Deductions for Haiti Relief Washington, D.C. �

Congresswoman Donna F. Edwards (D-MD) today voted for and is an original co-sponsor of H.R. 4462. This legislation allows individuals who make charitable contributions until March 1, 2010 to victims of the earthquake in Haiti to claim an itemized charitable deduction on their 2009 tax return, instead of having to wait to claim it on their 2010 return. The legislation also includes a provision allowing those who use text messages to donate to use their phone bill as proof of that donation. �As we witness the terrible tragedy unfolding in Haiti, we are reminded again of the incredible generosity of the American people,� said Rep. Edwards. �The tremendous outpouring of donations is a testament to our nation�s character, and the level of response is necessary to help the Haitian people recover and rebuild their nation. Today�s bi-partisan legislation is an effort to thank those who have already given, and to encourage others to contribute to this inspiring global relief effort.� In addition to passing this measure, the House of Representatives voted to pass a resolution Rep. Edwards co-sponsored expressing condolences to, and solidarity with, the people of Haiti in the aftermath of the devastating earthquake of January 12th, 2010. ### Dan Weber Communications Director Office of Congresswoman Donna F. Edwards (MD-4) 318 Cannon House Office Building (202) 225-8699 (office) (202) 297-6060 (cell)

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