• Mr. Speaker, after the massive earthquake shook Nepal , Eric Jean and Della Hoffman were stranded on a remote trail with a group of other backpackers. Friendsof theirs from their time in college at Rice University, which is in my district, contacted my office for help. We worked with the State Department to set them free. Five days after theearthquake, Special Forces came to the village and rescued them.
  • Ms. Hoffman would later recall, ``I don't think we even knew what was happening until some of the villagers ran out of the hut and then, immediately after that, the boulders just started coming down from both sides of the canyon, including into the village and on top of the houses.''
  • Six U.S. Marines and two Nepalese soldiers sacrificed their lives attempting to save others just like Eric and Della when their helicopter crashed.
  • I stand with my colleagues in support of House Resolution 235, and urge the administration to work with the Nepal government and the international community to deliver aid quickly, easily, and with long-term rebuilding in mind.
  • And that's just the way it is.