Aumua Cosponsored Bill to Boost Veteran Employment Opportunities Passes House

May 19, 2015
Press Release

Fa'asamoa

Washington, D.C. – Tuesday, Congresswoman Aumua Amata was pleased that yesterday, the House of Representatives unanimously passed H.R. 1382, the Boosting Rates of American Veteran Employment (BRAVE) Act, of which Congresswoman Amata is an original cosponsor.

 

Amata and Rice
Congresswoman Aumua Amata and Representative Rice
outside the House Veterans Affairs Committee Hearing Room

 

This important measure would allow the Secretary of the VA to give preference to companies that have high concentrations of veteran employees when awarding VA contracts.   This will reward companies that make it a priority to provide veterans with meaningful employment opportunities and encourage other companies to do the same.  Currently, the VA gives preference for these contracts to veteran-owned small businesses, but not to businesses that actively employ veterans. The BRAVE Act would allow the VA to consider the percentage of veterans employed by a prospective contractor when awarding federal contracts. The BRAVE Act is a cost neutral measure, so this bill would not induce any additional costs or burdens on taxpayers.

“I am pleased that my colleagues in the House unanimously passed this important measure that will help to ensure that those men and women who have served our nation have an opportunity to be gainfully employed.  It is important that we make sure our veterans are being provided every possible opportunity to succeed after their tour of service is completed, and this measure, which will now be sent to the Senate for consideration will assist in that objective,”  stated Amata.

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Pasia e le Maota o Sui se Pili sa aofia ai Aumua Amata i lona fa’auluina e Fa’ateleina ai  Avanoa mo Galuega a Fitafita Tuai/Vetereni

 

Washington , D.C. Tuesday

Fiafia lava le afioga i le Faipule o le Konekeresi le Tofa a Aumua AMATA o Amerika Samoa ina ua fulisia le Maota o Sui a le malo tele i le pasia o le Iugafono a le Maota 1382 o le Tulafono  e Si’itia ai totogi mo Galuega a  Vetereni Amerika, lea sa fesoasoani tele Amata i lona fa’auluina.

O lenei  pili taua o le a mafai ai e le Failautusi o le VA ona tu’u le fa’amuamua i kamupani e to’atele fitafita tuai po o vetereni  o lo’o faigaluega ai pe a tu’uina atu konekarate a le VA.  O le faiga lenei o le a fa’amanuiaina ai kamupani e tu’u le fa’amuamua i vetereni i ni galuega ma avanoa ma avea ma fa’amalosi’au i isi kamupani e mulimuli i lea faiga. O le taimi nei o lo’o tu’u e le VA le fa’amuamua  i konekarate I pisinisi laiti a Vetereni, a e le o pisinisi latou te fa’afaigaluegaina fitafita tuai. O le Tulafono lenei (BRAVE) o le a tu’u ai le avanoa i le VA e iloilo le pasene o fitafita tuai o lo’o fa’afaigaluegaina e se kamupani e ono ofoina i ai se konekarate i le taimi e tu’uina atu ai konekarate a le malo tele.  E le fa’aopoopoina nisi tau fa’aopoopo po o ni itu e fai ma avea i le ‘au totogi lafoga.

Saunoa Amata, “Ua ou fiafia lava i faipule o lo’o matou galulue fa’atasi i le Maota na pasia ai lenei tulafono taua o le a fesoasoani e mautinoa ai o le a maua ni galuega iloga a nai alii ma tama’ita’i sa tautuaina lo tatou malo. E taua lo tatou taga’i toto’a o lo’o maua e o tatou fitafita tuai  so’o se avanoa lava ina ia manuia ai a latou fuafuaga pe a taliu mai la latou tautua i tafa o taua, ua auina atu la le pili lenei i le Senate mo le iloiloina.”

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