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January 16, 2021 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Saturday, Congresswoman Uifaatali Amata released the following statement of congratulations to the Development Bank of American Samoa, and President Ruth S. Matagi-Faatili, upon approval as a lender in the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP):

January 12, 2021 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Tuesday, Congresswoman Uifaatali Amata is highlighting the return of the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) and the program’s capacity to help small businesses weather economic concerns from COVID-19. PPP was the larger of two Small Business Administration (SBA) programs, along with EIDL, that provided low interest loans, forgivable loans, or emergency advances. Congress has directed the SBA to put emphasis on smaller businesses and minority-owned businesses, and broadened terms that make the loans forgivable.

January 5, 2021 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Tuesday, Congresswoman Uifaatali Amata welcomed President Trump’s signing into law of the bipartisan Young Fishermen’s Development Act (H.R. 1240), which she co-led as an original cosponsor in a group of four, joining its author, Dean of the House, Alaska Congressman Don Young, Congressman Jared Golden (D-Maine) and Congressman Seth Moulton (D-Massachusetts). A Senate companion effort was led by Senator Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska). Each of these lawmakers has a strong fishing tradition in their Districts.

December 21, 2020 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Monday, Congresswoman Uifaatali Amata hailed House passage of priorities that she has sought for American Samoa, part of major year-end government funding, health care and economic assistance legislation. The bill includes these key local objectives: 

December 10, 2020 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Thursday, Congresswoman Uifaatali Amata hailed passage by the U.S. House of Representatives of a bipartisan fishing bill. She is an original cosponsor of the bill promoting the development of the next generation of commercial fishermen with new federal grant support. Earlier this year, Amata also voted for the Young Fishermen’s Development Act, H.R. 1240, in the Natural Resources Committee, where it passed by unanimous consent.

December 3, 2020 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Thursday, Congresswoman Uifaatali Amata spoke on the House floor in support of her bipartisan small business bill, which was passed by the full House and sent to the U.S. Senate for consideration.

In September, Congresswoman Amata introduced the bipartisan bill in collaboration with Rep. Chrissy Houlahan (D-Pennsylvania). The Parity for HUBZone Appeals Act (H.R. 8229) directs the Small Business Administration (SBA) to authorize the Office of Hearings and Appeals (OHA) to hear HUBZone appeals.

November 25, 2020 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Wednesday, Congresswoman Uifaatali Amata welcomed the announcement by U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross that the Economic Development Administration (EDA) is awarding a $4.4 million grant to American Samoa to support commercial fishing workforce development and economic diversification efforts.

October 29, 2020 Press Release

Pago Pago – Thursday, Congresswoman Aumua Amata released her October 14 letter  to key U.S. Senate leaders urging renewal of the American Samoa Economic Development Credit (ASEDC), often known as 30A, due to its section of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) code. She described the policy as an important economic necessity for the Territory.

October 19, 2020 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Monday, Congresswoman Aumua Amata welcomed the announcement by the Social Security Administration that an increase in benefits of 1.3 percent will start in January for those receiving Social Security.

September 23, 2020 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Wednesday, Congresswoman Aumua Amata highlighted National Small Business Week 2020.