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August 3, 2021 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Friday, Congresswoman Uifa’atali Amata sent a letter Monday to Chairman and CEO of American Airlines Doug Parker expressing her strong concerns about a reported incident of alleged discriminatory treatment, and further requesting that Congress promptly receive the report of the result upon completion of the Airline’s investigation.

Congresswoman Amata’s letter states:

July 30, 2021 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Friday, Congresswoman Uifa’atali Amata welcomed official notice of three grants through the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) and Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for American Samoa’s airports from appropriations by Congress in COVID economic relief that combine for $1,336,004. 

July 2, 2021 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Friday, Congresswoman Uifa’atali Amata highlighted the advancement of legislation that would lead to road improvements for American Samoa as the House passed H.R. 3684, the INVEST in America Act. This Act authorizes $343 billion for roads, bridges and safety measures, $109 billion for transit, $95 billion for passenger and freight rail, $117 billion for drinking water infrastructure resources and roughly $51 billion for wastewater infrastructure.

June 9, 2021 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Wednesday, Congresswoman Uifa’atali Amata is highlighting a proposed increase in Highway funding for American Samoa that would implement a yearly boost in federal road-related funding of more than $6.8 million, taking it from the current $4.2 million to over $11 million. This would represent more than a 200 percent increase over the previous formula for the territories.

May 14, 2021 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Thursday, Congresswoman Uifa’atali Amata welcomed official notice of a Department of Transportation (DOT) and Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) grant for the airport at Fitiuta, Ta’u, designated to the runway lighting project.

The grant totaling $338,888 includes $33,888 from congressional appropriations for COVID-19 relief, with $305,000 in non-discretionary DOT/FAA grant funds to American Samoa Government for the project.

March 12, 2021 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Friday, Congresswoman Uifa’atali Amata welcomed official notice of four U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) and Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) grants for American Samoa’s airports through appropriations by Congress in last year’s COVID relief that combine for $1,050,816. 

August 20, 2020 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Thursday, Congresswoman Aumua Amata welcomed federal funding from the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT). The $67,148 Hazardous Materials Emergency Preparedness (HMEP) grant is directed to American Samoa Department of Homeland Security from the DOT’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA).

July 28, 2020 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Tuesday, Congresswoman Aumua Amata is welcoming federal funds for an essential airport runway rehabilitation project in Ofu. Under the recent CARES Act, the federal share of this Department of Transportation and Federal Aviation Administration Airport Improvement Program (AIP) grant is increased to 100 percent. That CARES Act replacement of the Territory’s normal share of $817,374 brings the federal AIP aid up to $8,173,747.

July 21, 2020 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Tuesday, Congresswoman Aumua Amata welcomed a $1.1 million grant — funded by the historic CARES Act that became law on March 27th — from the Federal Transit Administration, part of the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), for the American Samoa Department of Public Works.

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June 18, 2020 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Thursday, Congresswoman Aumua Amata is welcoming a grant of $1,525,599.77 for the Port Administration from the Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). These federal dollars support dredging work based on Tropical Storm Gita damages in the village of Faleasao, Manu'a, island of Ta'u.

“Congratulations to Port Director Taimaleleagi Dr. Claire Poumele and her team for these funds,” said Aumua Amata. “Thank you for this important work.”