President Signs Amata's Bill into Law, Naming VA Clinic after Faleomavaega

April 3, 2017
Press Release
Unveiling Ceremony Next on Docket

Washington, D.C. –Monday, Congresswoman Aumua Amata: Last Friday, President Trump signed into federal law Rep. Aumua Amata's bill, H.R. 1362, which names the Veterans Affairs Clinic in Tafuna in honor of American Samoa's late Congressman Eni F. H. Faleomavaega.  Henceforth, it will be known as the “Eni F. H. Faleomavaega VA Clinic.”

Amata delivers Faleomavaega eulogy
Congresswoman Amata delivers the eulogy for Congressman Faleomavaega
during the Memorial Service on Ft. Myers in Washington, D.C.

 

Before undertaking the project, Aumua met with Governor Lolo Matalasi Moliga, who along with President of the Senate Gaoteote and Speaker Savali Talavou Ale concurred and expressed their full support for the initiative.

 

"I had hoped we would have been able to have a signing ceremony before the memorial service, while Eni's widow Hinanui and their children were in the nation's capital, but that was the week the debate over health care consumed everyone's time, so it was not possible to get it on the President's schedule,” said Amata.  "However, when I was notified that the President had signed the bill, I was assured that that the pen he used to sign the bill had been set aside for me, and I look forward to presenting it to Hina,” continued the Congresswoman.

 

Amata went on to say she "appreciated the honor of delivering the eulogy” at the Washington, D.C. memorial service, which was held at the Fort Myer Memorial Chapel adjacent to Arlington National Cemetery.  Pastor Meki To'alepai presided over the service which also included two Faife'au from other states.  During the service, Mrs. Hinanui Faleomavaega also delivered very moving remarks regarding her late husband.  Home to the Samoan Congregational Church, Fort Myer Chapel has also hosted tributes to many dignitaries over the years. 

 

"Although the circumstances were sad, it was wonderful to see Hina and their beautiful children at the service and the reception that followed, and to hear the beautiful words Mrs. Faleomavaega spoke on behalf of their family,” continued Amata.

 

The next step in the process is to get the new signs hung, to which Amata said, “This federal law takes effect immediately and I will be looking to see how soon we can get the signage up, so that we can hold an unveiling ceremony to honor Congressman Faleomavaega for his lifetime of service to our nation and the people of American Samoa,” concluded the Congresswoman.

 

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