More on Budget
Washington, D.C. – Friday, Congresswoman Aumua Amata welcomed a total of $535,000 in federal funding for two health-related programs in American Samoa.
“Federal funds like these are especially necessary to American Samoa’s efforts to provide as many health services as possible,” said Aumua Amata. “I appreciate these federal resources, including $285,000 for our health programs and another $250,000 for mental health and opioid services.”
Washington, D.C. – Friday, Congresswoman Aumua Amata welcomed $2 million in federal funds for American Samoa.
“This is great news for American Samoa,” said Aumua Amata. “These federal funds support important local efforts, including emergency preparedness for all kinds of possibilities, such as major storms like Gita.”
Washington, D.C. – Monday, Congresswoman Aumua Amata welcomed President Trump’s signing of the John S. McCain National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2019, H.R. 5515, in a signing ceremony at Fort Drum, New York, where the President and Vice President Pence visited troops and toured the military installation. The new law builds on the recent improvements in the 2018 NDAA and provides for increased troop levels, higher pay, and other support for the men and women in our Armed Forces.
Washington, D.C. – Wednesday, Congresswoman Aumua Amata welcomed U.S. Department of Interior (DOI) Assistant Secretary for Insular and International Affairs Doug Domenech’s announcement granting $10.6 million in federal funds to American Samoa for infrastructure developmental needs.
Washington, D.C. – Monday, Congresswoman Aumua Amata welcomed a $200,000 grant for American Samoa from the U.S. Department of Commerce based on the Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2012 which mandated the creation of the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA).
Washington, D.C. – Tuesday, Congresswoman Aumua Amata welcomed a $600,000 grant for American Samoa from the U.S. Election Assistance Commission based on the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2018 (Omnibus Appropriations) passed by Congress on March 23, which included nationwide funding for election upgrades.
“Trustworthy elections are the foundation of the entire democratic system,” said Aumua Amata. “This federal funding is a welcome addition to the Territory’s preparations for managing future elections.”
Washington, D.C. – Friday, Congresswoman Aumua Amata announced the passage of H.R. 1625, the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2018, the major yearly government funding bill, including an increase in the ASG operations account and a 2.4% military pay raise.
Washington, D.C. – Tuesday, Congresswoman Aumua Amata strongly defended American Samoa’s federal funding needs, questioned the Interior Department’s 2019 reduced budget request for insular operations funding in the territory, and instead suggested an offsetting increase that includes recognition of Cyclone Gita’s impact.
Washington, D.C. – Thursday, Congresswoman Aumua Amata sent a letter to President Donald Trump", informing the administration of several key ways in which the federal government could take the next steps to help American Samoa following the severe damages of Cyclone Gita, and in support of Governor Lolo’s request for a major disaster declaration by the President.
Washington, D.C. – Tuesday, Congresswoman Aumua Amata welcomed another grant from the Environmental Protection Agency for diesel emission reduction efforts in Ofu and Olosega. Just last week, the EPA directed major grants totaling $10.7 million to American Samoa.