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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.”

June 9, 2020 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Tuesday, Congresswoman Aumua Amata  is welcoming a grant of $943,000 from the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) for improvements to the Port of Pago Pago, American Samoa.

This discretionary grant will fund the purchase of a yard floodlighting system, rehabilitation of the dock fendering system, resurfacing of the container yard, and procurement of forklifts.

April 15, 2020 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Tuesday, Congresswoman Aumua Amata is welcoming over $1.38 million for American Samoa’s airports from the CARES Act through the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), as announced by Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao.

“These federal funds through the CARES Act coronavirus relief effort will help sustain airport operations during this time of precautions and fewer flights,” said Aumua Amata. “I want to pass along our definite appreciation to my good friend, Secretary Chao, and FAA Administrator Steve Dickson.”

September 5, 2019 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Thursday, Congresswoman Aumua Amata welcomed a federal Department of Transportation grant of $1.5 million for road projects tied to Storm Gita damages.

“These federal funds help our Territory’s efforts to continue to rebuild from our major storm last year,” said Aumua Amata. “I want to specially thank Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao and the Department for this discretionary grant.”

July 29, 2019 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Monday, Congresswoman Aumua Amata welcomes a grant of $2.5 million from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the Department of Transportation (DOT). This grant will be used at the airport in Fitiuta to reconstruct the runway lighting system. The runway lighting system has reached the end of its useful life, and its reconstruction will bring it up to FAA standards. 

July 29, 2019 Fa'asalalauga Aloa'ia

Congresswoman Amata with Secretary of Transportation Elaine ChaoUosigitone, D.C. – Aso Gafua, Ua talia e le Tamaitaikonekeresi ia Aumua Amata le tupe e $2.5 miliona mai le Taupulega a le Feterale mo Femalagaina i Vaalele ma le Matagaluega o Femalagaina.  O le a faaaoga lea tupe mo le malaevaalele i Fitiuta e toe fausia ai molī o le malaevaalele. Ua uma le aoga o molī o le malaevaalele ma o lona toe fausia o le a o’o ai i se tulaga talafeagai e tusa ma alafua a le Taupulega a le Feterale mo Femalagaina i Vaalele.

February 6, 2019 Press Release

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.”

October 3, 2018 Press Release

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.