CONGRESS | 15TH DISTRICT | Legislation allowing taxpayers to deduct charitable donations to victims of last November’s Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) on their 2013 tax returns, passed the House Monday. The bill is East Bay Rep. Eric Swalwell’s first successful piece of legislation since being elected in 2012 and awaits the President’s signature.

“I take great pride that the first bill I passed in the House of Representatives will speed recovery in an area that desperately needs support,” said Swalwell.

The bill, H.R. 3771, will allow taxpayers to deduct donations to the Philippines on last year’s tax returns made through April 15. Otherwise, contributions made after the first of the year would have had to wait until next year without Monday’s legislation.

Typhoon Haiyan touched down in the Philippines on Nov. 8 and killed over 6,000 people while devastating a large swath of the country’s central regions. In 2010, Congress incentivized donations with similar legislation to aid survivors of a magnitude 7.0 large earthquake in Haiti.