Amata Retains Key Committee Assignments and Increases Seniority

January 24, 2019
Press Release

Washington, DC – Thursday, Congresswoman Aumua Amata announced that she will continue to serve and gained seniority on three Committees for the 116th Congress: the Natural Resources Committee, the Veterans’ Affairs Committee, and the Small Business Committee.

Congresswoman Amata has served in these three Committee assignments since originally taking office in January of 2015. In each of them, she continues to climb in seniority. In the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, she is now third in seniority among the Committee’s Republican Members, while in the Small Business Committee, she is second in seniority following the Ranking Member.

Amata speaking at a Committee hearing
Congresswoman Amata speaking in a 2018 Committee hearing.

“I’m humbled by the responsibility of representing American Samoa in these Committees in the 116th Congress,” said Aumua Amata. “In the House of Representatives, much of the important work for our nation’s funding and resources takes place in Committee rooms at the Subcommittee and Committee level long before a bill becomes law.”

These Committees are a good fit with American Samoa’s needs. The Natural Resources Committee oversees numerous areas directly affecting American Samoa and its overall budget, among them the U.S. Department of Interior as a whole, and its Office of Insular Affairs in particular, along with National Parks.

The Veterans’ Committee is also a unique fit for American Samoa, as a high percentage of the population has served in the Armed Forces, and those currently serving will eventually rely on Veterans’ services. This Committee oversees the Department of Veterans’ Affairs (VA).

Voting in the Veterans' Affairs Committee in 2018Congresswoman Amata voting in a Veterans Committee markup in 2018.

Through her role in the Committee on Small Business, she places an additional focus on health-related issues, along with topics in the Committee such as Veteran-owned small businesses, women-owned small businesses and economic enterprise zones. The Small Business Committee has a large oversight footprint through hearings on a broad variety of topics and how they intersect with small businesses.

“My first step in every bill that comes before these Committees is to examine how it will affect American Samoa,” stated Amata. “I will continue to focus especially on the bipartisan efforts that have a better chance to become law under the current division of party power in Washington, D.C.”

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