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Amata hosts Town Hall Meetings this week to update constituents

Congresswoman Aumua Amata is in town this week hosting several town hall meetings to discuss recent events in Congress, take questions, and hear from constituents in American Samoa. [Courtesy photo]
Source: Media release, office of Congresswoman Aumua Amata

Congresswoman Aumua Amata this week is hosting several town hall meetings to discuss recent events in Congress, take questions and hear from constituents in American Samoa.

“It’s always so good to be home with our people, and talk with you about all that’s happening here in American Samoa and in Washington, D.C.,” Aumua Amata said. “I’m happy to see so many of you are coming to the meetings, and I appreciate when you let me know what’s most important to you, such as fishing rights and health care services. It’s been a busy few weeks in Washington, and I am pleased to discuss recent votes and other activities.”

This week, the Congresswoman is holding town hall meetings on Tuesday at the Afono Catholic Church Hall, Wednesday at Petesa Tai CCCAS Hall and Thursday at Vaitogi CCCAS Hall.

Among the many topics she is discussing at the town halls are the following recent developments:

  • •          The Public Comment Letter she wrote to the Judge and Department of Justice urging them to consider reasons to direct DOJ-Starkist Consent Decree funds to the workers losing paychecks in American Samoa.
  • •          The bill she voted for last week that would prevent a bureaucracy from imposing future fishing restrictions unless they get local/territorial input and oversight by Congress, known as the National Monument Creation and Protection Act.
  • •          The bipartisan letter she led last week seeking an oversight hearing specifically for our veterans and their health care in places like American Samoa and the Northern Mariana Islands.
  • •          A bill she introduced this month, again with bipartisan support, to correct a disadvantage in the EB-5 Visa program so that the job creation incentive applies to American Samoa, known as the American Samoa Investment Act.

“It’s an honor representing you and taking the issues that our people face to Washington, where I look for opportunities to remind other Members of Congress of the challenges we have here because of geographic and economic isolation,” continued Congresswoman Amata. “I believe our message is being heard, and we’ll keep working to support our veterans and small businesses and seek funding for priorities like health care.