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June 11, 2021 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Friday, Congresswoman Aumua Amata Radewagen in collaboration with original cosponsors Rep. Chrissy Houlahan (D-Pennsylvania) and Rep. Pete Stauber (R-Minnesota) reintroduced her bipartisan small business bill, which attracted strong support and was passed by the full House of Representatives last year before the end of the 116th Congress. 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. 

May 6, 2021 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Thursday, Congresswoman Uifa’atali Amata is highlighting a new federal assistance option for American Samoa’s restaurants available now through the Restaurant Revitalization Fund.

This is an assistance option that was passed by Congress in the most recent COVID response legislation, the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, and became available through a Small Business Administration (SBA) portal just this week. 

April 22, 2021 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Uifa’atali Amata again emphasized health infrastructure in a Wednesday hearing of the Natural Resources Committee’s Subcommittee for Indigenous Peoples, stating for the record that LBJ Tropical Medical Center is “in dire need of replacement or repair.” The oversight hearing was titled “Infrastructure in Indigenous Communities: Priorities for American Jobs Plan.” 

March 1, 2021 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Monday, Congresswoman Uifaatali Amata welcomed 2021 funds from three Housing and Urban Development (HUD) programs for a total of $1,224,593.

The largest of the three grants is a Community Development Block Grant (CBDG) of $886,964, with a HOME program grant of $260,423, and an Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) of $77,206. Each fiscal year, Congress appropriates budgeted funds for all federal departments and agencies.

February 28, 2021 Fa'asalalauga Aloa'ia

Laumua i Uosigitone – Aso Sa, O loo faataua e le Tamaitaikonekeresi ia Uifaatali Amata le manuia o le aofia ai o Amerika Samoa i totonu o le pili ua pasia e le Maota mo fesoasoani tau COVID-19 ma taufaatupu ai le tamaoaiga. O lea pili o le a auina atu ai miliona o seleni fesoasoani a le feterale i Amerika Samoa mo taumafaiga i tui puipuia, $1,400 a le tagata e taufaatupu ai le tamaoaiga, alamanuia mo le Malo o Amerika Samoa, aoga, fesoasoani mo meataumafa, ma nisi mea e tele. 

February 28, 2021 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Sunday, Congresswoman Uifaatali Amata is highlighting the successful inclusion of American Samoa throughout the House-passed COVID-19 relief and economic stimulus package. The bill would send millions in federal support to American Samoa for the vaccine effort, $1,400 in economic stimulus for individuals, resources for American Samoa Government (ASG), education, nutrition assistance, and more.

January 18, 2021 Fa'asalalauga Aloa'ia

Laumua i Uosigitone – Aso Toonai, O le saunoaga lea mai le Tamaitaikonekeresi ia Uifaatali Amata e faafetai ai i le Faletupe o Atina’e a Amerika Samoa, ma le Peresetene ia Ruth S. Matagi-Faatili, ina ua faamaonia e avea ma faletupe e nono ai tupe i le porokalama e puipui ai totogi:

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.