Senate Passes Amata-Requested Budget Boost for American Samoa

November 5, 2019
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Tuesday, Congresswoman Aumua Amata is welcoming Senate passage of her requested third straight year of additional funds for American Samoa’s operations. The bill passed with unanimous support in the Senate and will now be conferenced with the House bill. It will provide about $2.6 million more than the federal budget proposal for American Samoa Government, boosting the operations budget by another $400,000. This follows similar increases Amata secured of $718,000 and $250,000 the past two years.

“This is great news for us, and builds on other recent legislation,” said Aumua Amata. “Congress has also acted twice this year to provide more Medicaid assistance for our islands, and provided $18 million in nutrition assistance through my amendments.”

Congresswoman Amata with Chairman Murkowski and the flight crew
Senator Murkowski on a Pacific CODEL with Congresswoman Amata and the flight crew in 2018.

 

With the budget increase, the bill will provide $24,120,000 for operations grants to American Samoa. That is $400,000 above the enacted level and specifically $2,591,000 above the request. The Senate Energy/Interior Appropriations bill was led by Chairman Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska). This major bill passed the Senate late last Thursday, as part of a group of four major yearly funding bills for federal departments. The House bill contains the same funding amount for American Samoa.

“I always appreciate Senator Murkowski’s ongoing friendship to American Samoa,” said Congresswoman Amata. “On the House side, Chairwoman Nita Lowey, Ranking Member Kay Granger, Interior-Environment Subcommittee Chairwoman Betty McCollum, and Ranking Member John Joyce supported the same funding for American Samoa in the bill earlier this year.”

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