U.S. Senator Mazie Hirono of Hawaii has had her first bill as a federal lawmaker signed into law, a measure speeding up tax breaks for donations made to typhoon relief in the Philippines. Hirono's office said today that President Barack Obama signed the bill into law late last night allowing taxpayers to claim deductions for donations made between now and April 15 on their 2013 taxes rather than waiting until 2014. The bill is meant to spur relief for victims of Typhoon Haiyan, which hit the central Philippines on November 8th, killing more than 62-hundred people, and causing widespread devastation. Hirono says more than 27-thousand people were hurt in the typhoon and about 4 million were displaced.
Posted Wednesday, March 26th 2014 @ 2pm