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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.

February 4, 2019 Press Release

Washington, DC – Monday, Congresswoman Aumua Amata announced she has been named Vice Ranking Member of the full Committee on Small Business for the 116th Congress.

“Vice Ranking Member Aumua Amata has served as a dedicated Member of the House Small Business Committee throughout her tenure in Congress.  Her work on behalf of small businesses during that time has earned her the rare honor of serving as the Committee’s Vice Ranking Member,” said Ranking Republican Member Steve Chabot (R-OH).  “I look forward to working her throughout the 116th Congress.”

January 24, 2019 Press Release

Washington, DC – Thursday, Congresswoman Aumua Amata announced that she will continue to serve and gained seniority on three Committees for the 116th Congress: the Natural Resources Committee, the Veterans’ Affairs Committee, and the Small Business Committee.

January 17, 2019 Press Release

Washington, DC – Thursday, Congresswoman Aumua Amata welcomed a new law, passed by Congress and promptly signed by President Trump this week, that guarantees furloughed federal employees their back pay when the government fully reopens.