More on Transportation
Washington, D.C. – Wednesday, Congresswoman Aumua Amata welcomed a federal Department of Transportation grant of about $2.8 million for road rehabilitation because of Cyclone Gita.
“I’m pleased to announce more federal funds for our Territory’s efforts to rebuild and have a full recovery from Storm Gita,” said Aumua Amata. “This grant will benefit our Territory, and help pay for the efforts to put storm-damaged roads in good shape.”
Washington, D.C. – Wednesday, Congresswoman Aumua Amata welcomed U.S. Senate approval of her cabotage bill to promote reliable air service in American Samoa.
Additionally, the bill, led in the House by Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Bill Shuster (R-PA) – who visited American Samoa earlier this year – ensures FAA funding for five years and includes other features, such as directing the FAA to establish a minimum seat size in U.S. passenger jet aircraft on behalf of passengers.
Washington, D.C. – Thursday, Congresswoman Aumua Amata welcomed the advancement of her cabotage bill to promote reliable air service in American Samoa. The provision is part of a renewed push in Congress to complete re-authorization this month for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).
Washington, D.C. – Wednesday, Congresswoman Aumua Amata welcomed over $23.3 million in federal resources to American Samoa for much-needed airport renovation projects to improve the pavement.
“This is a sizable grant for our Pago Pago International Airport, and it is great news for us this week,” said Aumua Amata. “I’m especially pleased to welcome this important federal support to preserve and enhance our airport. Our airport is our primary connection to the United States and the rest of the Pacific, and it is essential to keep it in good repair.”
Washington, D.C. – Friday, Congresswoman Aumua Amata welcomed $500,000 in federal funds for a rescue and fire vehicle for the airport serving Manu’a.
“I’m delighted to welcome this federal provision for a dependable rescue and fire vehicle at the airport on Ofu,” said Aumua Amata. “The U.S. Department of Transportation recognized this important need to be able to help save lives and property with the proper equipment. It’s always essential to ensure that all of our islands are served and included in federal resources.”
Washington, D.C. – Monday, Congresswoman Aumua Amata welcomed $1 million in federal funding for Fitiuta Airport.
“The Fitiuta Airport is essential to travel between Manu’a and Tutuila, and an important asset to American Samoa,” said Aumua Amata. “The FAA is recognizing the need to maintain our runway there for our long-term use, and this is good news from the FAA.”
Washington, D.C. – Friday, Congresswoman Aumua Amata welcomed House passage of legislation that includes her cabotage provision to promote reliable air service in American Samoa. This solution has passed the House before, but not yet in the Senate; however, this time the provision is included in a major bill to reauthorize the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) which passed the House by a vote of 393-13, and the U.S. Senate will also need to act to authorize the FAA.
Washington, D.C. – Friday, Congresswoman Aumua Amata highlighted the first steps in developing a national infrastructure plan, which President Trump urged in this week’s State of the Union Address, and said she will work to bring attention to American Samoa’s needs in Congress. The draft planning effort includes unspecified investment designed to address infrastructure needs on tribal lands and U.S. Territories.
Washington, D.C. – Thursday, Congresswoman Aumua Amata welcomed newly introduced companion legislation from the honorable Senator Orrin Hatch of Utah, the President pro tempore of the U.S. Senate, that mirrors her bill to ensure reliable air service in American Samoa.
Washington, D.C. – Friday, Congresswoman Aumua Amata was pleased to welcome a $67,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) for the American Samoa Government for hazardous materials safety.
“American Samoans greatly appreciate our first responders, and all they do to be ready in time of need,” Aumua Amata said. “I welcome this funding for the preparation and safety of emergency personnel and the people they serve in any potential crisis.”