Press Releases

August 12, 2015 Press Release
Washington, D.C. – Wednesday, Congresswoman Aumua Amata, announced that she would be holding a town hall meeting on Thursday in Pava’ia’i, where she will relay what she’s been doing in Washington and gather information regarding the concerns and issues being raised by the people.
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August 6, 2015 Press Release
Washington, D.C. – Thursday, Congresswoman Aumua Amata, U.S. Members of Congress Amata Radewagen (AS) Dan Newhouse (WA-4), Dave Reichert (WA-8), and Mike Coffman (CO-6) have introduced the Protecting Orderly and Responsible Transit of Shipment (PORTS) Act (H.R. 3398). The prolonged contract negotiations and slowdown of cargo handling at the West Coast ports late last year and earlier this year caused significant disruptions throughout the economy. Accordingly, it became evident that Congress must find a way to prevent this from happening again.
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July 30, 2015 Press Release
Washington, D.C. – Wednesday, Congresswoman Aumua Amata, For the hotly contested floor debate yesterday on H.R. 1994, the VA Accountability Act, which split Members largely along party lines, House Veterans Affairs Committee Chairman Jeff Miller (R-FL), who managed the debate for the Majority, selected Amata as one of only eight speakers to speak in support of the measure during the half-hour allotted to the majority side. When the smoke cleared, the GOP had prevailed with the passage of the bill by a vote of 256 – 170, including a number of Democrats joining the winning side. The measure will now move to the Senate for consideration.
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July 28, 2015 Press Release
Washington, D.C. – Tuesday, Congresswoman Aumua Amata, announced that U.S. Department of Education (USDOE) has awarded a $2.3 million dollar grant for American Samoa’s Head Start Program.
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July 23, 2015 Press Release
Washington, D.C. – Thursday, following a hearing of the House Small Business Subcommittee on Health & Technology, Chairman Aumua Amata expressed her optimism on the potential for high tech companies to operate and greatly impact the economies of rural areas like American Samoa.
July 22, 2015 Press Release
Washington, D.C. – Wednesday, Congresswoman Aumua Amata, The House Veterans Affairs Committee (HVAC) conducted a hearing today to, Receive the Secretary’s Testimony regarding the Pending VA Health Care Budget Shortfall and System Shutdown. The hearing, which was just announced last week, was called to address recent revelations disclosed by VA officials regarding a budgetary shortfall for the year.
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July 17, 2015 Press Release
Washington, D.C. – Friday, Congresswoman Aumua Amata, Earlier this week, the House Committee on Small Business (HCSB) held a hearing titled, Taking Flight: Small Business Utilization of Unmanned Aircraft, to examine how small businesses will use unmanned aircraft for commercial activities in the United States.
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.

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