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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.
Washington, D.C. – Thursday, Congresswoman Aumua Amata welcomed nearly $10 million in a variety of grants from the U.S. Interior Department to American Samoa.
“I’m pleased to welcome this extensive federal funding for projects in American Samoa,” said Aumua Amata. “This is some great news for American Samoa and will allow much-needed improvements to go forward. These U.S. government resources for infrastructure projects are an essential addition to these efforts. This federal support will improve facilities and strengthen the local economy.”
Washington, D.C. –Tuesday, Congresswoman Aumua Amata is pleased to announce that the Department of Interior’s Office of Insular Affairs has awarded a grant in the amount of $2000 to the American Samoa Government.
“I am pleased that the DOI has recognized the need for this funding that is crucial to helping absorb the costs of migrants from the Freely Associated States," said Amata.
Washington, DC –Wednesday, Congresswoman Aumua Amata praised the work of subcommittee Chairman Ken Calvert, the other members of the subcommittee, and committee staff for their efforts to not only stave off the proposed Trump Administration cuts to ASG funding, but actually increased the funding for the first time since 1986.