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Washington, D.C. – Monday, Congresswoman Aumua Amata welcomed a food safety grant of nearly $50,000 in federal funds for the American Samoa Department of Agriculture.
“Food safety is an important priority, and I’m glad to see these federal funds to help our Agriculture Department provide this program,” said Aumua Amata. “Grants like these are a way to boost the services available in American Samoa.”
Congresswoman Aumua Amata is pleased to announce that joint efforts between herself, Governor Lolo, and their respective teams in American Samoa and Washington, D.C. resulted in President Trump’s Administration further reviewing American Samoa’s needs related to the impact from Cyclone Gita. Last night the President graciously amended the FEMA disaster declaration for American Samoa by increasing the Federal cost-share by 20% to a 90-10 split from a 75-25 split potentially reducing the ASG cost share by hundreds of thousands of dollars or more.
Washington, D.C. – Saturday, Congresswoman Aumua Amata gave a commencement speech highlighting the importance of technology education to the skills and jobs of the future.
Speaking on the striking growth of cyber and other technology in our expanding economy, she congratulated graduates at the Virginia University of Science and Technology, and accepted an honorary doctorate centered on her policy work in the U.S. House of Representatives, including the Committee on Small Business, where she chairs the Subcommittee on Health and Technology.
Washington, D.C. – Tuesday, Congresswoman Aumua Amata welcomed final House passage of a banking provision that she introduced last year to reduce time waiting for checks to clear in American Samoa. The bill has already passed the Senate and now goes to President Trump to be signed into law.
Washington, D.C. – Wednesday, Congresswoman Aumua Amata expressed special appreciation based on her own family’s experience for this week’s remarkable and inspirational hearing in the Committee on Small Business examining how small business opportunities can empower people with developmental disabilities.
Washington, D.C. – Tuesday, Chairman Aumua Amata presided over a joint hearing of both the Small Business Subcommittee on Health and Technology, and the Subcommittee on Agriculture, Energy and Trade, which is led by Chairman Rod Blum of Iowa, as Members examined broadband access in rural and remote locations.
Washington, D.C. – Last week, Congresswoman Aumua Amata met with the American Chamber of Commerce group of Auckland, New Zealand, many of whom have extensive business endeavors throughout the Pacific, to encourage investment in American Samoa and to explore any possible ways to strengthen the Cyclone Gita recovery effort.
Washington, D.C. – Monday, Congresswoman Aumua Amata welcomed a positive development in Congress for an ongoing policy priority for American Samoa's jobs and economy.
Washington, D.C. – Monday, Congresswoman Aumua Amata requested that the U.S. House of Representatives delay her paycheck until the federal government reopens, federal employees are being paid, military personnel are supported and services are restored. Her statement is as follows:
Washington, D.C. – Wednesday, Congresswoman Aumua Amata cosponsored and highlighted a bill unanimously passed by the Natural Resources Committee to expand and improve the Century Conservation Service Corps (21CSC) program. The bill creates more opportunities for veterans, strengthens national parks, encourages outdoor activities, and offers interesting career pathway experiences for youth.