On the Catastrophic Cyclone in Burma

The thoughts of the world are with the people of Burma as they struggle to recover from the catastrophic cyclone this weekend. It is our hope that the worst in Mother Nature can bring out the best in human nature.

I am concerned with the reported slow response by the military regime to help the Burmese people during this critical time. The regime must show leadership to provide for the basic survival needs of the Burmese people. The United States and international organizations are moving rapidly to provide assistance to those suffering but a stronger international effort is needed. Congress will work closely with the Administration to ensure that we are providing the necessary assistance to help the people of Burma in their time of need.

Tragedies such as this one remind us of our shared humanity — and that tragedy anywhere affects us all.

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