Lawmakers head to Philippines to survey typhoon damage

Three House members are headed to the Philippines to survey the damage from Super Typhoon Haiyan and find out how the United States can help. 

Rep. Chris SmithChristopher (Chris) Henry SmithGOP lawmaker to offer bill to create universal charitable deduction on 'Giving Tuesday' China threatens 'strong countermeasures' if Congress passes Hong Kong legislation This week: Congress returns to chaotic Washington MORE (R-N.J.) is leading the delegation, which also includes Reps. Al GreenAlexander (Al) N. GreenWarren, Buttigieg fight echoes 2004 campaign, serves as warning for 2020 race Overnight Energy: Pelosi vows bold action to counter 'existential' climate threat | Trump jokes new light bulbs don't make him look as good | 'Forever chemicals' measure pulled from defense bill Pelosi warns of 'existential' climate threat, vows bold action MORE (D-Texas) and Trent FranksHarold (Trent) Trent FranksArizona New Members 2019 Cook shifts 8 House races toward Dems Freedom Caucus members see openings in leadership MORE (R-Ariz.). Smith is the chairman of the House Foreign Affairs subpanel that oversees global health.

“The U.S. government has spent or pledged almost $50 million to help,” Smith said in a statement. “Emergency shelter, food, water and medicine are being shipped in to meet the needs of the victims, many of whom have immediate relatives in the United States.”

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Smith, the author of legislation to curb human trafficking, said the “threat of epidemics and rising levels of human trafficking” were two post-storm dangers that “must receive immediate attention as well.” The storm killed more than 4,000 people and displaced more than four million.

“Upon return,” he said, “I plan on chairing a hearing in early December to report on our findings and to hear from experts on next steps.”

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