More on Congress
Washington, D.C. – Wednesday, Congresswoman Uifa’atali Amata has introduced a bill in the 117th Congress that would enable any U.S. National who wishes to do so to convert to U.S. citizenship through a simplified procedure with the office of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). The House bill, H.R. 1941, is co-sponsored by the members of the House from the four other U.S. island territories: Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
Washington, D.C. – Friday, Congresswoman Uifaatali Amata sent a letter to Senate Natural Resources Committee Chairman Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Ranking Senator Dr. John Barrasso (R-Wyoming), identifying needs and priorities for American Samoa in the major coronavirus and economic relief legislation, which is under consideration, and asking for maximum flexibility in Governor Lemanu’s ability to use and apply federal funds for the benefit of American Samoa.
The Congresswoman’s letter highlights the following:
Washington, D.C. – Wednesday, Congresswoman Uifaatali Amata announced her roles in the Natural Resources Committee for the 117th Congress. In a new role, she is Vice Ranking Member for Insular Affairs, which applies to the full Committee when the proceeding is focused on Insular issues.
Washington, D.C. – Thursday, Congresswoman Uifaatali Amata took part in the National Prayer Breakfast, her fifth time to participate. The annual bipartisan event has been held since 1953, when President Eisenhower became the first President to attend and bring widespread attention to the event, which has grown to attract 3,000 people in recent years. President Biden spoke this year, and four Members of Congress hosted, one from each party in both the Senate and House: Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC), Sen. Chris Coons (D-DE), Rep. John Moolenaar (R-MI), and Rep. Tom Suozzi (D-NY).
Washington, D.C. – Wednesday, Congresswoman Uifaatali Amata released the following statement in honor of Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick:
Washington, D.C. – Thursday, Congresswoman Uifaatali Amata sent a letter to President Biden identifying top congressional issues for American Samoa, alerting him to repatriation needs, and outlining numerous opportunities to work productively with his Administration in a bi-partisan manner in the coming weeks, months, and years.
Laumua i Uosigitone – Aso Tofi, Na tusi atu le Tamaitaikonekeresi ia Uifaatali Amata i le afioga i le Peresetene ia Biden e uiga i mataupu tau konekeresi e sili ona taua mo Amerika Samoa, e faailoa atu ai ia te ia tulaga manaomia mo le faafoi o tagata, ma faataotoina ai le anoano o avanoa e galulue ai mo se manuia faatasi ma lana Taupulega i se ala e au faatasi ai itufaaupufai i vaiaso, masina ma tausaga a sau.
Washington, D.C. – Wednesday, Congresswoman Uifaatali Amata attended the inauguration of President Joseph R. Biden, Jr., and Vice President Kamala Harris, and echoed the call for unity.
Washington, D.C. – Thursday, Congresswoman Uifaatali Amata released the following statement upon certification of the election:
“In proceedings led by Vice President Pence, the United States has certified the official results of the U.S. national election. The election is over, along with any meaningful election challenges. The transition to President-elect Biden will take place on schedule January 20th. Vice President Pence fulfilled his constitutional duty, and is a leader I respect.
Washington, D.C. – Wednesday, Congresswoman Uifaatali Amata released the following statement regarding the day’s events and security situation at the U.S. Capitol: