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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.

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.