More on Veterans
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.
Washington, D.C. – Monday, Congresswoman Uifa’atali Amata commemorated National Vietnam War Veterans Day, and released the following statement:
“Thank you to our Vietnam Veterans. It’s an honor to work on Veterans’ issues in Congress, such as the Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act, which went into effect in 2020. Like many of our people, I have family who served in the war. Thank you for serving, and may God bless each of you and our military families.”
Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Uifa’atali Amata welcomed testimony and responses from Department of Veterans’ Affairs (VA) Secretary Denis McDonough in a March 25 hearing. In her statement, Congresswoman Amata highlighted the needs of U.S. Veterans in the Freely Associated States (FAS), distant from common VA facilities. Her separate question to the Secretary focused on the need for interagency cooperation to expand availability of services for Veterans in American Samoa and elsewhere.
Washington, D.C. – Tuesday, Congresswoman Uifaatali Amata highlighted the birthday of the Navy Reserve, and offered congratulations with the following statement:
Washington, D.C. – Tuesday, Congresswoman Uifaatali Amata announced she will be Vice Ranking Member for the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs (HVAC), and will serve once again on two key Veterans subcommittees for the 117th Congress — the Health Subcommittee and the Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee.
Washington, D.C. – Tuesday, Congresswoman Uifaatali Amata welcomed the swearing in of the 11th United States Secretary of Veterans’ Affairs (VA) Denis McDonough, and highlighted the importance of VA issues to Veterans.
Washington, D.C. – Monday, Congresswoman Uifaatali Amata is hailing the signing into law of a bipartisan effort, which included U.S. Senators Ron Wyden, D-Ore., and John Boozman, R-Ark., and U.S. Representatives Peter DeFazio, D-Ore., Colin Allred, D-Texas, and Amata Coleman Radewagen, R-American Samoa. Together, they announced that their bipartisan legislation to let Department of Veterans’ Affairs (VA) work study students work in congressional offices was included in the veterans legislative package signed into law on January 5.
Washington, D.C. – Wednesday, Congresswoman Uifaatali Amata welcomed House passage of S. 2216, supporting family members who care for Veterans. Congresswoman Amata is an original cosponsor of the same provisions in a related House bill.
The House of Representatives unanimously passed the Senate version of the VA caregiver support bill, entitled the TEAM Veterans Caregiver Act. Congresswoman Amata supported the House version, also titled the TEAM Veterans Caregiver Act, H.R. 6571, from day one of its introduction early this year.
Washington, D.C. – Sunday, Congresswoman Uifaatali Amata commemorated National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day (Dec. 7, 1941), and released the following statement:
“Each year, on a day between Thanksgiving and Christmas, Pearl Harbor Day is a reminder of the sacrifices of the World War II generation that gave us so much. We have lived all these years in freedom because of their commitment.
Washington, D.C. – Thursday, Congresswoman Uifaatali Amata thanked retiring Ranking Member Dr. Phil Roe in his final hearing of the full Committee on Veterans’ Affairs (HVAC), as the Committee’s hearing included work on legislation he sponsored. Dr. Roe has served 12 years with dedication in Congress, in addition to his service in the Army and as a physician.
“I too want to add my gratitude to Dr. Roe, for your service, your leadership, and you’ve been like a mentor to me,” said Congresswoman Amata, before proceeding to the legislative topic.