Amata Welcomes Pacific Volcano Study and Takes Part in Joint Senate/House Veterans Hearing

February 27, 2019
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Tuesday, Congresswoman Aumua Amata took part in a Joint Senate/House Veterans hearing, attended by hundreds of Veterans at the U.S. Capitol. She also welcomed passage of a bill containing better Pacific volcano monitoring, and studying the possibility of future observatories in American Samoa, Guam and CNMI.


Veterans News
On Tuesday, Rep. Amata participated in the first of a new series of Joint House/Senate Veterans hearings that are presentations from Veterans Service Organizations, and will help develop Veterans priorities throughout the 116th Congress. The first hearing was the Legislative Presentation of the Disabled Veterans of America, and hundreds of attendees overflowed the hearing room. Over the next several weeks, this series will continue with the American Legion this week, the Veterans of Foreign Wars next week, and other Veterans organizations.

Congresswoman Amata with Chairman Isakson at the Senate-House Joint Veterans HearinCongresswoman Amata with Chairman Johnny Isakson, U.S. Senator from Georgia, at the Senate/House Veterans Hearing


“This series of Joint Senate and House hearings with presentations from all the major Veterans Service Organizations will help set the stage for the Veterans legislative agenda throughout the 116th Congress,” said Vice Ranking Member Amata. “Services for our Veterans is a policy area where it is possible to come together and find real bipartisan agreement for much of our work.”


Video of Congresswoman Amata in the Veterans hearing 


Pacific Update
On Tuesday, the Senate passed The Natural Resources Management Act, S. 47, major legislation that also contains numerous bipartisan efforts from the last Congress that were voted on or introduced in the House Natural Resources Committee, on which Rep. Amata serves. One of these measures is the National Volcano Early Warning and Monitoring System Act, introduced by Rep. Don Young (R-Alaska) to improve monitoring of volcano activity, including studying the feasibility of observatories in American Samoa, Guam, and CNMI, and better warnings for the Pacific Ring of Fire.

“I appreciate this important step forward for better volcano warning systems, including studies that can lead to better monitoring of the Pacific volcanoes that can cause tsunamis,” continued Congresswoman Amata. “Congratulations to my friend, Chairman Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, who guided this bill. Much of the work on this legislation was initially done in the Natural Resources Committee over the past year, and includes many bipartisan priorities, including creating new wilderness areas, monuments and other support for National Parks.”