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May 6, 2021 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Uifa’atali Amata focused on coral reef health in a Tuesday hearing of the Natural Resources Committee’s Subcommittee on Water, Oceans and Wildlife (WOW).

April 20, 2021 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Tuesday, Congresswoman Uifa’atali Amata is an original cosponsor of the bipartisan Trillion Trees Act of 2021, introduced this week with Natural Resources Committee Ranking Member Bruce Westerman, who is a licensed forester, and the support of more than 70 Members. 

April 9, 2021 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Friday, Congresswoman Uifa’atali Amata is has urged an expansion of access to federal programs in U.S. Territories as part of a bipartisan effort in which Natural Resources Committee Chair Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) and the five territorial Members of Congress wrote to Acting Director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Shalanda Young. These programs include Medicaid, Supplemental Security Income (SSI), the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), and Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF).

March 23, 2021 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Tuesday, Congresswoman Uifa’atali Amata highlighted National Agriculture Day, and all those in American Samoa who grow and harvest the fresh island fruits and crops.

“Happy National Agriculture Day to all of our people that grow our delicious local island favorites,” she said. “In American Samoa, we’re blessed to have bananas, coconuts, taro, papayas, breadfruit, sweet potatoes and more! Thank you to everyone who helps make these healthy foods available for our families.”

 

March 16, 2021 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Uifa’atali Amata took part in a March 11 hearing of the Natural Resources Committee’s Subcommittee on Water, Oceans, and Wildlife (WOW). This was the Subcommittee’s first hearing of 2021, following Committee organization last month, but it will take up topics over the rest of the 117th Congress that include issues that affect American Samoa, such as fisheries and marine life, coral reef and shoreline policies, drinking water resources and other important matters. 

October 16, 2020 Press Release
Pago Pago – Thursday, Congresswoman Aumua Amata took part in a remote oversight hearing of the Natural Resources Committee’s Subcommittee on Water, Oceans, and Wildlife (WOW), entitled, Environmental Justice for Coastal Communities: Examining Inequities in Federal Grantmaking.
October 7, 2020 Press Release

Pago Pago – Wednesday, Congresswoman Aumua Amata welcomed notification of three grants affecting American Samoa from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), including one directly for American Samoa. NOAA is announcing their Coral Reef Conservation funding for 2020, with one grant of about $500,000 specific to American Samoa, and two other efforts that include American Samoa. 

May 31, 2020 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Friday, Congresswoman Aumua Amata took part in an effort led by Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (HI-02) and supported by the bipartisan Members of Congress from Hawai‘i and the U.S. Island Territories. Together, these Representatives sent a letter to U.S. House leaders urging them to support local crop diversity and food security in response to the COVID-19 coronavirus crisis and in any resulting legislation.

November 15, 2019 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – This week, Congresswoman Aumua Amata took part in a variety of hearings, including examining a fishing report by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), reviewing efforts to protect Veterans from online fraud, along with hearings on supporting rural and remote small businesses, and updating child protection services in Native American communities.

October 9, 2019 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Wednesday, Congresswoman Aumua Amata welcomed notice from the National Park Service (NPS) of a $100,000 grant for improvements to the Lions Park in American Samoa through the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF), and highlighted recent congressional action that improved that program’s funding for the territories.