Press Releases

July 15, 2015 Press Release
Washington, D.C. – Wednesday, Congresswoman Aumua Amata, The House Veterans Affairs Committee held a mark-up today on H.R. 1994, the VA Accountability Act. This bill would allow the VA Secretary and managers, greater authority to remove VA employees who fail to meet the standards of care and service that the American people expect for our veterans.
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July 14, 2015 Press Release
Washington, D.C. – Tuesday, Congresswoman Aumua Amata, “During the committee mark up for this bill, I was proud to vote yes on the Veterans Entrepreneurship Act, that will remove one of the obstacles for our veterans who want to start a business,” said Amata. “We must make sure that our veterans are given every opportunity we can afford them to succeed following their service to the nation, which is exactly why I serve on both the Small Business and Veterans Affairs Committees,” stated Amata.
July 13, 2015 Press Release
Washington, D.C. – Monday, Congresswoman Aumua Amata, who serves as Chairwoman of the Subcommittee on Health & Technology took part in a House Committee on Small Business oversight hearing in Washington last week to examine the SBA’s, Disaster Loan Program. The focus of the hearing was to examine the challenges faced by the SBA in response to “Superstorm” Sandy, including a discussion of a report that stated the SBA was not prepared to cope with the aftermath of the disaster despite changes made by Congress to improve the program.
July 10, 2015 Press Release
Washington, D.C. – Friday, Congresswoman Aumua Amata, “It is important that we do all we can to ensure that our veterans are recognized for their service to our nation and this bill will make sure that they will always be able to provide proof of that service,” stated Amata.
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July 9, 2015 Press Release
Washington, D.C. – Thursday, Congresswoman Aumua Amata, During the debate on fiscal year 2016 Interior Department appropriations bill yesterday, I took to the Floor to urge my colleagues to maintain funding for American Samoa at its current levels. In a colloquy with bill manager Rep. Ken Calvert (R-CA), I acknowledged the budgetary pressures Congress is facing and commended Calvert for recommending to the House that there be no reduction in funding for American Samoa next year.
July 6, 2015 Press Release
Washington, D.C. – Monday, Congresswoman Aumua Amata, “I am pleased to announce the awarding of $98,082 in grant funding from the Department of the Interior for our islands,” said Amata. “These funds will serve to bolster youth programs and assist in the training of key medical personnel, which will help alleviate the dire shortage of qualified medical technicians we have on the islands,” continued Amata.
June 26, 2015 Press Release
Washington, D.C. – Friday, Congresswoman Aumua Amata, “I am pleased to announce a grant award from the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) for our islands,” said Amata. “These funds will help support local highway safety programs that are essential to maintaining a safe environment on our roads,” stated Amata.
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June 19, 2015 Press Release
Washington, D.C. – Friday, Congresswoman Aumua Amata, “I could not be more proud of these young people who are in Washington representing our islands. Their work and dedication to their crafts is a shining example for all of our young people and I look forward to them sharing their work with the nation,” stated Amata.
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June 18, 2015 Press Release
Washington, D.C. – Thursday, Congresswoman Aumua Amata, “I am always pleased to report on grant funding for our islands,” said Amata. “These essential grant awards will fund important projects that serve our people, including restoring property that was damaged by the 2009 tsunami, and reducing the progression of substance abuse on the islands,” stated Amata.
June 17, 2015 Press Release
Washington, D.C. – Wednesday, Congresswoman Aumua Amata, “I want to thank Chairman Chabot and Ranking Member Velázquez for holding this hearing today to examine the impact that removing the ban on crude exports will have on our nation’s small businesses,” said Amata. This is an important issue, which if addressed properly has the potential to significantly and positively affect our rapidly growing national deficit and provide jobs to an estimated-additional 500,000 to 1.75 million people by 2025,” stated Congresswoman Amata.

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