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House passes Haiti tax bill

By Aaron Kinney
Wednesday, January 20th, 2010 at 4:42 pm in Democratic Party, Jackie Speier, Republican Party.

Rep. Jackie Speier sent out a statement today saying she’s signed onto a bill to make donations to Haiti for earthquake relief eligible for itemized tax deductions on people’s 2009 tax returns.

The legislation, which also allows people who give money via cell phone text messages to use phone bills as proof of their donations, passed unanimously. 

“Bay Area residents know, all too well, the devastating aftermath of earthquakes,” Congresswoman Speier said in a statement.  “What makes this situation all the more distressing is how little the people of Haiti have even in good times.  I am heartened that the Congress came together on a bipartisan basis to support this worthy piece of legislation.  I urge my friends, neighbors and constituents to dig deep – as I know a great many already have – to help our brothers and sisters in Haiti.” 

We also have a call in to Speier’s office regarding the election in Massachusetts that has sent Democrats into a tailspin.

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