Amata Holds Town-Hall Meeting in Packed Fale Fono

March 15, 2015
Press Release

Fagatogo – Thursday, Congresswoman Aumua Amata hosted a town-hall meeting in the Fale Fono Guest House which was near capacity.

Following a quick opening statement by the Congresswoman, Amata answered questions from the large crowd that had gathered for the event.  From veterans to fishery management to citizenship status, the range of questions ran the gambit of issues that concern the people of American Samoa.

Amata siva
At Congresswoman Aumua Amata's first ever town hall meeting at the Fale Fono,
she ends the successful event with a Siva while Salote Schuster, HC Pulu and others join in.

Constituents from across the island participated in the event, including Joan Galea’I (Leone) who spoke about her concern for the establishment of the ASG Bank, support for veterans and the condition of the roads in American Samoa; and Morgan Suapilimai (Iliili) who thanked the Congresswoman for the opportunity to meet with her to share their concerns, spoke on the hardships put upon spouses who have to fly to the U.S. to renew their Green Card status every four to six months and the high cost of travel to do so.

Amata also heard from those like Ma'a (Pago Pago) who expressed his concern with the long liners getting permission to fish within the 50 nautical miles zone. Just one example of why Congresswoman Amata is an original cosponsor of the  Strengthening Fishing Communities and Increasing Flexibility in Fisheries Management Act, a bill that would amend the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act to allow more input from the communities and fishermen who use their local waters in how the fisheries are managed and kept healthy.

Others expressed their concerns and asked questions on a variety of issues including, Medicare, minimum wage, and the $10 fee for U.S. Nationals to travel from American Samoa to Independent Samoa.

The Congresswoman did her best to make sure that everyone who asked a question or expressed a concern was heard and that if she didn’t have an answer for them at the moment, she would ensure that her staff addressed each comment and would get back to them with a response.

“There is no better action for me to take, than to hold these town-hall meetings, which are essential in gaining the knowledge and ammunition I need in order to make our case for the people of American Samoa back in Washington,” stated Amata.  “The value I place in hearing from the people about the issues that are of concern to them cannot be underestimated, and I plan on holding these town-hall meetings whenever I am in American Samoa.” concluded Amata.

Amata also spoke on the work she’s done so far in her first two months in office, including her work on the House Small Business; Veterans Affair; and Indian, Insular and Alaska Native Affairs Committees.  These important committees were specifically chosen by Amata for the impact that they can provide to American Samoa.

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