More on Budget
Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Uifa’atali Amata took part in the conclusion of voting Thursday in the House Committee on Natural Resources regarding a proposed $3.5 trillion budget reconciliation bill that will continue to be debated in Congress. While aspects of the same legislation were being marked up in other committees of jurisdiction, the Natural Resources Committee finished up a slate of amendments. Among the measures related to the territories and the U.S.
Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Uifa’atali Amata is highlighting Senate passage of an infrastructure bill with $50 million plus additional grant funding for American Samoa. The bill, led by a bipartisan group of eight negotiators, was passed by the U.S. Senate, and must now go to the House. It provides $550 billion nationwide in new appropriations aimed at restoring and improving infrastructure, including roads, bridges, broadband, ports, airports and other aspects.
Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Uifa’atali Amata highlighted House passage of a major appropriations bill Thursday that funds numerous departments of the U.S. government for the next fiscal year, including the Interior Department. Within this legislation (H.R. 4502) is funding Amata requested for ASG Operations. This $2.5 million increase is the largest ever for the ASG Operations fund, however, Congress designated these funds specifically for planning efforts toward a new hospital.
Governor Lemanu P.S. Mauga, Lieutenant Governor Talauega E.V. Ale, and Congresswoman Uifa’atali Amata are welcoming good news of federal funds totaling $3,866,108 for a series of projects upon notification from the U.S. Department of Interior (DOI) for the American Samoa Government (ASG) through the Office of Insular Affairs’ (OIA).
Washington, D.C. – Thursday, Congresswoman Uifa’atali Amata welcomed a $472,791 grant from the CDC for public health emergency response.
This discretionary health services grant is for the American Samoa Department of Health through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and its Center for Preparedness and Response.
“Thank you to Emergency Preparedness Director Ben Sili for his work on this project,” said Congresswoman Amata. “Congratulations to Director Motusa Nua for these federal health services funds.”
Washington, D.C. – Thursday, Congresswoman Uifa’atali Amata welcomed two grants totaling $561,010 in supplemental funding from the American Rescue Plan Act, passed by Congress earlier this year and signed into law in March.
These grants, each an identical $280,505, are for the American Samoa Department of Human and Social Services, through the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).
Laumua i Uosigitone – Aso Lulu, Na saunoa le Tamaitaikonekeresi ia Uifaatali Amata ua tagai nei Amerika Samoa i le lua o tausaga sosoo o sili le seleni maua mai le feterale i le 2021 – ua oo atu i le tusa ma le $511 miliona i seleni faapitoa ma le seleni fou ua faato mo aoga e oo atu i le $150 miliona i Amerika Samoa – o se vaega o le $1.9 tiliona (trillion) o le pili fesoasoani na pasia e le Maota o Sui a le Iunaite Setete ma na auina atu i le afioga i le Peresetene ia Biden ia tusia e avea ma tulafono.
Washington, D.C. – Wednesday, Congresswoman Uifa’atali Amata said that American Samoa can now expect a second straight year of record federal funding in 2021 — up to an approximate $511 million in special funding and a new education investment of up to $150 million in American Samoa — as part of the $1.9 trillion relief package passed by the U.S. House of Representatives and sent to President Biden to be signed into law.
Washington, D.C. – Wednesday, Congresswoman Uifaatali Amata welcomed the announcement by the Office of Insular Affairs (OIA) of transmitting over $16.7 million in funds from the U.S. Department of Interior to the American Samoa Government for Operations. Congress appropriates these annual funds, and at Amata’s request each of the past four years, Congress has both added to the ASG Operations budget and restored millions in proposed cuts yearly. Amata-requested direct increases over four years include $250,000, $718,000, $400,000, and $500,000.
Washington, D.C. – Monday, Congresswoman Uifaatali Amata highlighted the signing into law of several priorities that she has supported for American Samoa, and said she would welcome rapid congressional action to boost direct payments to $2,000, and is monitoring that effort. Under the new law, $600 will be sent out.