Senate passes resolution supporting Haitian earthquake relief

The Senate on Friday passed a resolution expressing support for the Haitian earthquake relief effort.

President Barack Obama has pledged $100 million to the rescue and relief effort and had dispatched over 10,000 U.S. troops to assist.

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The resolution expressed "profound sympathy" to Haitians "who have suffered over many years and face catastrophic conditions in the aftermath of the January 12, 2010, earthquake."

Senate Foreign Relations Committee chairman John Kerry (D-Mass.) and ranking member Richard Lugar (R-Ind.) each issued related statements on the resolution.

"The Haitian people have faced this catastrophic earthquake with the same indomitable spirit that has characterized them throughout their history," said Kerry.

"The Senate stands ready to provide our support to individuals, institutions and governments who want to assist," said Lugar.

The Haitian government has estimated that nearly 200,000 people were killed by the magnitude 7.0 quake.

Buildings, hospitals, homes, and roads have also been completely leveled in and around the capital of Port-au-Prince.

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