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Taotasi: Work of the House is the work of the people

Thursday during the House confirmation hearing for ASG Treasurer nominee Falema'o Phil Pili, tensions rose when Ituau Faipule Rep. Taotasi Archie Soliai was given a chance to question the witness but instead, addressed his colleagues first and said that work in the House of Representatives is the work of the people, for the people.(Taotasi's remarks were sparked after a motion was put forth to excuse the witness, meaning all questioning would cease).Obviously concerned about how the confirmation hearings have been conducted this week, Taotasi reminded House Ways and Means committee chairman Rep. Fatulegae'e Mauga that confirmation hearings are very important and therefore, each faipule should be given the opportunity to ask questions and express whatever concerns they may have. \The importance of these confirmation hearings is not only to review the qualifications and the capabilities of each appointee. It is the responsibility of the House and each committee to ensure that the task that these people are about to undertake is clearly understood because once the nominee is confirmed