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Pago Pago – Friday, Congresswoman Aumua Amata released the following statement in honor of our Veterans for the 73rd Anniversary of V-J Day:
Washington, D.C. – Thursday, Congresswoman Aumua Amata joined colleagues on the Committee on Veterans’ Affairs in speaking at a press conference in the U.S. Capitol Visitors Center to highlight recent progress and the path forward on veterans’ legislation. The Veterans’ Affairs Committee has been on a busy pace, with 72 bills passed by the full House of Representatives, and of those, 26 so far signed into law by President Trump.
Washington, D.C. – Tuesday, Congresswoman Aumua Amata welcomed Senate confirmation of Robert Wilkie to lead the Department of Veterans’ Affairs (VA).
Secretary Wilkie was nominated by President Trump to serve as VA Secretary during the ongoing legislative and administrative reform efforts to the department, and the U.S. Senate confirmed his appointment late Monday by a bipartisan vote of 86-9.
Washington, D.C. – Wednesday, Congresswoman Aumua Amata offered an amendment to the VA COST SAVINGS Act that was passed with bipartisan support. In an active week centered on veterans’ legislation, she voted Wednesday in support of seven bills passed by the Subcommittee, including one on which she was an original cosponsor, and participated in a Tuesday hearing of the full Veterans Affairs’ Committee examining the urgent need to improve VA Electronic Health Records.
Washington, D.C. – Monday, Congresswoman Aumua Amata spoke on the House floor in support of the bipartisan Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act, H.R. 299. The House passed the legislation later that evening.
Washington, D.C. – Thursday, Congresswoman Aumua Amata welcomed this week’s veterans’ legislative activity in Washington, highlighted by President Trump’s signing into law the bipartisan Mission Act to reform the VA. Congresswoman Amata cosponsored this major legislation, which originated in the Veterans’ Affairs Committee on which she serves. Also Thursday, she participated in two Subcommittee hearings on veterans’ topics.
Washington, D.C. – Tuesday, Congresswoman Aumua Amata voted for legislative efforts that continue the process of reforming the U.S. Department of Veterans’ Affairs, as the Veterans Affairs Committee passed a total of 16 bills.
“Our country has a special commitment to our veterans,” said Aumua Amata. “Step by step, the Veterans Affairs Committee is working on these challenges, bringing reforms to the VA, and seeking better ways to give our veterans the services they deserve.”
Washington, D.C. – Wednesday, Congresswoman Aumua Amata welcomed the latest in an ongoing series of House/Senate Joint Hearings on veterans’ issues, this one a Veterans Service Organization presentation, and on Tuesday discussed health care and VA services with a visiting group representing the VFW of Hawai’i.
Washington, D.C. – Thursday, Congresswoman Aumua Amata urged the VA to keep an ongoing commitment to mental health research funding as a priority for veterans during the Committee’s examination of the Department’s budget plan.
Washington, D.C. – Monday, Congresswoman Aumua Amata visited Tripler Army Medical Center in Honolulu, where veterans from American Samoa often seek health services that are not available to them through the VA locally in American Samoa.