Amata Emphasizes Health Infrastructure

April 22, 2021
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Uifa’atali Amata again emphasized health infrastructure in a Wednesday hearing of the Natural Resources Committee’s Subcommittee for Indigenous Peoples, stating for the record that LBJ Tropical Medical Center is “in dire need of replacement or repair.” The oversight hearing was titled “Infrastructure in Indigenous Communities: Priorities for American Jobs Plan.” 

“I continue to include LBJ Tropical Medical Center at every opportunity in Washington, as Congress and President Biden are currently emphasizing infrastructure considerations,” said Congresswoman Amata. “I empathize with the testimony showing challenges for remote communities in Alaska and tribal communities, and that description has similarities to our needs in American Samoa, as we work for long term solutions for better health infrastructure.”


Amata on Capitol Hill this week
Congresswoman Amata on Capitol Hill this week.


The Committee examined the proposed infrastructure legislation in terms of providing health care infrastructure support in these areas, and the need for clarity and specifics in providing those services despite geographic challenges. 


Amata’s question in the hearing and the responding testimony of Ms. Megan Alvanna Stimpfle of Nome, Alaska, discussing the infrastructure challenges of health care in remote locations.