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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.
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.