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June 10, 2021 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Uifa’atali Amata took part in a Tuesday hearing focused on next year’s budget for the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), in which VA Secretary Denis McDonough testified. In his answer to Congresswoman Amata’s question, the Secretary testified on the reason the VA is preparing for a surge in health care cases. Since the U.S. population, in general, is believed to have postponed some 40 percent of doctor and other health visits during Covid-19, the VA anticipates similar percentages among Veterans.

June 4, 2021 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Uifa’atali Amata last week, as part of a series of meetings while she was in Honolulu, also met with the leadership of the Spark M. Matsunaga Department of Veterans’ Affairs (VA) Medical Center associated with Tripler Army Medical Center that serves so many Veterans from American Samoa.

May 31, 2021 Fa'asalalauga Aloa'ia

Laumua i Uosigitone –O le feau le nei mai le susuga i le Tamaitaifaipule ia Uifaatali Amata i le faatauaina o le Aso Faamanatu o le tausaga 2021:

“Ua fai le Aso Faamanatu ma aso tatou te vilivilita’i ai i e ua ofo atu atoa mo le faamoemoe o le saolotoga.  Ua tatau le ave o le faaaloalo i o tatou tagata uma o i vaega au faapea vetereni mo lo latou loto atu e tautua ma ofo lo latou soifua.   O le Aso Faamanatu e faasilisili ai e i tatou o e ua foaaiina atu o latou ola i ona po uma o le talafaasolopito o le malo.

May 28, 2021 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Uifa’atali Amata released the following message in recognition of Memorial Day 2021:

“Memorial Day is the day we specifically devote to those who gave all in the cause of freedom. All of our military and veterans deserve honor for their willingness to serve and sacrifice. On Memorial Day, we especially focus on those who gave their lives throughout the nation’s history.

May 25, 2021 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Uifa’atali Amata held a Veterans townhall meeting attended by about two dozen American Samoan Veterans at the Airport Honolulu Hotel on Sunday evening. She provided them with an update from Washington, D.C., on veterans affairs and other issues, and held a question and answer session for several hours.

May 21, 2021 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Uifa’atali Amata took part in a Wednesday hearing focused on whistleblower protections. The oversight hearing of the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee’s Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations examined whistleblower policies at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).

May 13, 2021 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Thursday, Congresswoman Uifa’atali Amata welcomed House passage of H.R. 1448, the Puppies Assisting Wounded Servicemembers (PAWS) for Veterans Therapy Act. Amata is an original cosponsor and supported a similar effort last Congress.

This unique therapy bill, sponsored by Rep. Steve Stivers (R-Ohio), pairs Veterans and service dogs to treat mental illness. Similar legislation is under consideration in the Senate.

April 22, 2021 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Uifa’atali Amata in a Wednesday hearing focused on two bipartisan VA oversight bills, which she helped introduce earlier this month with sponsor Rep. Kathleen Rice of New York. The legislative hearing of the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee’s Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations examined a number of bills, including the two Rice-Amata VA reform bills. 

April 16, 2021 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Thursday, Congresswoman Uifa’atali Amata is an original cosponsor in the 117th Congress of H.R. 1448, the Puppies Assisting Wounded Servicemembers (PAWS) for Veterans Therapy Act. This unique therapy bill, which pairs Veterans and service dogs to treat mental illness, was examined Thursday in the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee (HVAC).

April 8, 2021 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Thursday, Congresswoman Uifa’atali Amata joined Congresswoman Kathleen Rice (NY-04) in introducing two bipartisan reform bills to strengthen oversight and accountability at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). 

The Strengthening Oversight for Veterans Act would provide the VA Office of Inspector General with stronger mechanisms to detect and investigate waste, fraud, and abuse at the VA.