Economy & Jobs (Small Business)
More on Economy & Jobs (Small Business)
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.
Washington, D.C. -- Wednesday, Congresswoman Aumua Amata welcomed an important decision by the Justice Department adding the American Samoa Government to the agreement between StarKist and federal agencies. This action, in response to inquiries by Congresswoman Amata and Governor Lolo, redirects $2.6 million in agreed upon funds back from Washington to American Samoa.
Washington, D.C. – Friday, Congresswoman Aumua Amata released a statement on the outcome of House and Senate negotiations that produced a final major tax reform bill that reduces taxes and promotes economic growth. The bill leaves all tax extenders, such as the American Samoa Economic Development Credit and rum tax credits for Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands and other similar requests, to be taken up in subsequent legislation, but the offsetting tax rate reduction has a similar effect of encouraging investment and promoting jobs.
Washington, D.C. – Tuesday, Congresswoman Aumua Amata welcomed Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke’s recommendation that President Trump consider expanding access to fishing in certain marine monuments, a major step forward in efforts to restore fishing rights in American Samoa.
Washington, D.C. – Thursday, Congresswoman Aumua Amata welcomed legislative efforts to combat harassment in Congress, improve training and protect employees, and applauded House passage on Wednesday of a bipartisan effort, H.R. 630, introduced by Rep. Barbara Comstock (R-Virginia), which Congresswoman Amata cosponsored and the House passed with broad support.
Washington, D.C. – Friday, Congresswoman Aumua Amata released a statement welcoming the next legislative step forward regarding a tax policy priority for American Samoa’s economy.
Washington, D.C. – Monday, Governor Lolo Matalasi Moliga and Congresswoman Aumua Amata together advanced American Samoa’s economic development interests through a series of meetings throughout the week, including StarKist CEO Andrew Choe, the honorable Governor Gary Herbert of Utah, and also the honorable Randy Quarles, Vice Chairman of the Federal Reserve Board.
Washington, D.C. – Friday, Congresswoman Aumua Amata welcomed news that the Chairman’s draft of the Tax Cut and Jobs Act released Thursday includes the American Samoa Economic Development Credit that she requested.
Washington, D.C. – Tuesday, Congresswoman Aumua Amata spoke on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives to raise awareness in Congress of the needs of American Samoa’s workers who will be temporarily out of work this Thanksgiving season.
Washington, D.C. – Friday, Congresswoman Aumua Amata released a Public Comment letter to the U.S. Department of Justice and the overseeing judge, to urge them to strongly consider legal precedents potentially allowing parties to the DOJ-Starkist Consent Decree to agree to set aside funds to the benefit of the affected workers.