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May 17, 2021 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Monday, Congresswoman Uifa’atali Amata is highlighting over $479 million ($479,135,254) in federal funds resulting from this year’s legislation known as the American Rescue Plan.

The U.S. Treasury announced this week that the funds from the American Rescue Plan’s Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds would be received in a single payment, making up for lost revenue during the pandemic, while other relief funds for localities will also be announced later.

 

May 12, 2021 Press Release
Washington, D.C. – Wednesday, Lieutenant Governor Talauega Eleasalo Va’alele Ale and Congresswoman Uifa’atali Amata took part in a congressional hearing, in which the Lieutenant Governor testified in “strong opposition” to a proposed Insular Cases Resolution, and the Congresswoman agreed and supported the Lieutenant Governor’s call to ensure protections of American Samoa’s culture, land and traditions. Instead, they urge that Congress must consult with American Samoa, and distant courts should not decide the status of the people.
May 10, 2021 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Uifa’atali Amata met with White House officials Friday to highlight American Samoa’s needs.

April 28, 2021 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Wednesday, Congresswoman Uifa’atali Amata attended President Biden’s first speech to Congress at the U.S. Capitol, marking 100 days of the administration this week, though attendance was limited due to Covid precautions. She released the following statement:

April 1, 2021 Press Release

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.

February 20, 2021 Press Release

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: 

February 17, 2021 Press Release

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.

February 4, 2021 Press Release

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).

February 3, 2021 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Wednesday, Congresswoman Uifaatali Amata released the following statement in honor of Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick:

January 29, 2021 Press Release

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.