The South Carolina House approved a resolution encouraging lawmakers and the people of the Palmetto State to offer their financial support to the people of Haiti, following the devastating earthquake.
The resolution is sponsored by Democrat Bakari Sellers and Republican Tim Scott. Sellers, a Bamberg County Representative, says the measure simply asks for prayers and financial support to be sent to the people of Haiti.
Sellers says relief organizations like the Red Cross and Doctors Without Borders need help. He said that the suffering in Haiti should be important to South Carolinians. “This is an issue where we can look beyond race and religion,” said Sellers. “I’m in a state which is deeply Christian. Give yourselves, give of your time, give your dollars.”
Meanwhile, the =U.S.= House approved a bill that would allow individuals who contribute donations to the Haiti victims to claim those donations on their 2009 tax returns. Congressman Jim Clyburn helped offer the bill. If the bill were not proposed, those who provided assistance in the Haitian relief efforts would have to wait until next year to claim those donations. Contributions must be made before February 28th to go on 2009 returns.