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December 18, 2019 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – This week, Congresswoman Aumua Amata is welcoming another positive development in Congress, the extension of the American Samoa Economic Development Credit, an ongoing policy priority for American Samoa's jobs and local economy.

“Congress is extending the American Samoa Economic Development Credit, and that’s more good news for the stability of our local economy,” said Aumua Amata. “This important policy has supported the long-term presence of jobs and commercial activity in American Samoa for years.”

October 24, 2019 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Thursday, Congresswoman Aumua Amata highlighted House passage of the Small Business Development Centers Improvements Act, H.R. 4406, which would reauthorize the much-needed SBDC program for four years. As original cosponsor, she joined Rep. Jared Golden (D-Maine) on this legislative effort, which passed overwhelmingly this week with bipartisan support.

October 24, 2019 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Thursday, Congresswoman Aumua Amata announced she is an original cosponsor and lead Republican of a bipartisan effort to assist women entrepreneurs. The bill sponsored by Rep. Grace Meng (D-NY) was introduced this week to help reestablish federal coordinated efforts aimed at helping women-owned businesses succeed.

Specifically, the bill would reauthorize the Interagency Committee on Women’s Business Enterprise (ICWBE), a U.S. government entity that would be tasked with coordinating federal resources to help women-owned businesses grow.

October 21, 2019 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Monday, Congresswoman Aumua Amata highlighted congressional action from 2015 resulting in a Government Accountability Office (GAO) study team’s current efforts in American Samoa to report on the Territory’s minimum wage.

“In 2015, I sponsored a bill which passed into law, in which Congress directed the GAO to conduct this study of our minimum wage for 2020,” said Aumua Amata. “I’m happy to see the GAO team at work here in American Samoa, learning firsthand about our economy, so we can have the best possible minimum wage policy going forward.”

September 25, 2019 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Wednesday, Congresswoman Aumua Amata welcomed progress for the Small Business Development Centers Improvements Act, H.R. 4406. She cosponsored this legislation, and the Committee on Small Business passed the bill with bipartisan support.

August 26, 2019 Press Release

Washington, D.C.—Monday, Congresswoman Aumua Amata welcomes the announcement of nearly in $14.5 million available in federal broadband support for American Samoa over ten years through the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) for maintaining, improving, and expanding affordable broadband to help close the digital divide. American Samoa is the only Territory included in these grant authorizations along with rural and remote areas in 39 of the States, and various U.S. Tribal lands.

June 20, 2019 Fa'asalalauga Aloa'ia

Uosigitone, D.C. – Aso Tofi, E talitonu le Tamaitaikonekeresi ia Aumua Amata e tatau le Faamasinogatonu i taualumaga a le faamasinoga i le Starkist, ae tatau foi i tagata o Amerika Samoa o loo faalagolago i le kamupani se faiga e tonu.

May 14, 2019 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Monday, Congresswoman Aumua Amata joined President Trump, Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao, Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross and other leaders at the White House for the signing of the President’s Executive Order promoting the economic empowerment of Asian and Pacific Islander Americans (APIA).

May 6, 2019 Press Release

Washington, DC – Monday, Congresswoman Aumua Amata is welcoming federal funds through the U.S. Department of Commerce and the Economic Development Administration (EDA) for a broadband study in American Samoa to aid in economic development strategy.

“Broadband capabilities can be a valuable tool for small businesses and job creation,” said Aumua Amata. “Our economic future in American Samoa will benefit from growth in areas of communications and technology access, so I’m pleased to welcome this timely study.”


May 6, 2019 Fa'asalalauga Aloa'ia

Congresswoman Amata and Commerce Secretary Wilbur RossUosigitone, DC – Aso Gafua, Talia e le Tamaitaifaipule ia Aumua Amata tupe mai le feterale e ala mai le Matagaluega o Fefaatauaiga a le Iunaite Setete ma le Taupulega mo le Atinaega o le Tamaoaiga (EDA) mo se suesuega i auala e faalelei ai fesootaiga i Amerika Samoa ina ia fesoasoani i le faatulagaina o le atinae mo le tamaoaiga.